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Laing O'Rourke wins £100m Hong Kong rail contract

A Laing O’Rourke and Bachy Soletanche joint venture has been awarded a £100 million contract to build a section of approach tunnels for a station complex on the Hong Kong mass transit rail system.

MTR Corporation, the operator of the mass transit rail system in Hong Kong, has chosen the Laing O’Rourke and Bachy Soletanche JV for the work approaching the station in West Kowloon.

The award is part of MTR’s massive Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express rail link project, and is for the West Kowloon Terminus Approach Tunnels (North).

The work will comprise the construction of tunnels using cut & cover techniques on the station’s approach.

The 26 km long Hong Kong Section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link starts from West Kowloon, Hong Kong to the boundary of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and will connect with the 16,000 km Chinese National High-speed Railway Network.

Construction works for the Express Rail Link commenced in January 2010 with target completion by 2015.

Laing O’Rourke’s Hong Kong managing director Mike Robins said: “The Express Rail Link project is part of a major investment programme in rail infrastructure in Hong Kong, and we are delighted to be appointed with our partner to one of the initial sections of this complex and challenging rail infrastructure development.”