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Tamar (Chinese: 添馬) is a station on MTR's proposed North Island Line (NIL) on the north shore of Hong Kong Island. It will be located on the former site of HMS Tamar on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Tamar Station will be the eastern terminus of the Tung Chung Line and the western terminus of the Tseung Kwan O Line. It will also act as a transfer station between the two lines.
|Proposed MTR rapid transit station|
|Location||Lung Wo Road × Tim Wa Avenue, Admiralty|
Central and Western District, Hong Kong
|Owned by||MTR Corporation|
|Operated by||MTR Corporation|
|Platforms||4 (2 island platforms)|
The MTR plans to start construction of the station in 2021 and open it in 2026. Geographically, the Admiralty MTR station is located to the north, while the reclaimed Central and Wan Chai are to the south. The station would sit at the foot of the Central Government Complex, directly under Tamar Park.
According to the original plan, the site of the station was to be the location of the new Central Government Complex. However, since the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the Hong Kong government worried that should the government headquarters be built above the railway station, terrorists might use the station to commit an attack against the complex. Also, due to fluctuations in real estate, the Hong Kong government requested that the land be auctioned for commercial purposes. The development of the lot has been pending, which has had a direct impact on the construction project site and the North Island line.
In 2006, the Hong Kong Government was set to implement the Tamar Development Project. The new Government Complex was inaugurated in 2011, but the timetable of the construction of the NIL station was still undecided.
On 21 February 2013, the Highways Department published an improved version of the "Railway Development Strategy." As part of the second phase of public consultation for the North Island Line, the department created two proposals: a "swap" scheme and an "interchange" scheme. In the former plan, the North Island Line would be split in two lines. The Tung Chung Line would extend east from Hong Kong Station to serve the new Tamar, Exhibition, and Causeway Bay North stations before using the current Island Line track from Fortress Hill to Chai Wan. Meanwhile, the Tseung Kwan O Line would extend west past North Point station to the Island Line's Tin Hau station before going along the current Island Line to the Kennedy Town station. In the latter, the Tung Chung Line would be extended one stop, from Hong Kong to Tamar, while the Tseung Kwan O Line would be extended three stops, from North Point to Causeway Bay North, Exhibition, and Tamar (with Tamar becoming an interchange station and terminal for the two lines). The Hong Kong government opted for the "interchange" scheme in 2014, which meant that the Tamar station would be a four-track, two-level station, as opposed to the two-track, one-level station proposed as part of the "swap" scheme.
- "Railway Development Strategy 2014" (PDF). Transport and Housing Bureau. September 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
- "LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PANEL ON SECURITY AND PANEL ON TRANSPORT – Tamar Development and Public Transport Services" (PDF). legco.gov.hk. Legislative Council of Hong Kong. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
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- "Environmental Report 2013" (PDF). epd.gov.hk. Hong Kong Highways Department. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
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