MTR’s South Island Line celebrates year of achievements

MTR Corporation is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its latest line extension, the South Island Line (SIL), in Hong Kong on 28 December.  The first year of operation on the line saw on-time passenger journey performance of 99.9%.

The SIL was named International Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards, and the new stations at Ocean Park and Wong Chuk Hang won a silver award at the Hong Kong Design Awards as prime examples of MTR’s acknowledged approach to delivering rail + property solutions.  

The SIL, which extended MTR Corporation’s railway service into the Southern District of Hong Kong last year, is MTR’s longest fully automatic operation (FAO) railway line in Hong Kong.


Jeremy Long, CEO European Business, MTR Corporation, said:

“MTR Corporation has a worldwide reputation for being an expert in the design and delivery of complex railway projects. The success of the South Island Line in its first year demonstrates this expertise and the third party awards provide recognition of the success of the design, delivery and impact of the projects.”


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About MTR

  • MTR Corporation (MTR) headquarters are in Hong Kong and is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading constructors, maintainers and operators of metro, commuter and airport rail systems and has a successful international consulting business. It is also an acknowledged world leader in rail + property development, and manages shopping malls, retail units, apartments and other major buildings along some of its lines.
  • In the UK, MTR Crossrail is the operator of the Crossrail concession (which will be renamed the Elizabeth line when fully open), and is currently running TfL Rail services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.  MTR will begin running services between: Heathrow and Paddington in May 2018; Paddington and Abbey Wood in December 2018; Paddington and Shenfield in May 2019; and full through services (including to Reading in December 2019).
  • MTR has operated South Western Railway, one of the largest UK franchises, as a joint venture with First Group since August 2017. As part of this, First MTR South Western Trains Limited will deliver new trains, redeveloped stations, and a range of other enhancements which will improve both rail services and customer experience.
  • MTR was a joint venture partner in London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL), which held the concession from November 2007 until November 2016. 
  • Elsewhere in Europe, MTR runs the Stockholm Metro, the Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter railway and provides open access MTR Express intercity services between Stockholm and Gothenburg.
  • Around the world, MTR: runs and maintains metro, commuter rail, light rail and railway infrastructure, develops and manages significant rail-related property and is delivering new rail lines and major upgrade projects in Hong Kong; operates lines in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou in Mainland China; is lead shareholder in a joint venture operating the Melbourne train system and leads a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) consortium which will deliver and operate the Sydney Metro Northwest in Australia.
  • Listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, MTR has a market capitalisation of approximately £26.6 billion, and is included on the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. It won over 50 awards in 2016 for quality, customer service and sustainability.