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Railway settlement exceeds limit

The construction works of a relocation project in Kowloon have been suspended after a settlement monitoring checkpoint exceeded the limit, the Government said today.   The project relocates supporting operational facilities of Tsim Sha Tsui Fire Station Complex, Fire Services Club and other fire services accommodations to To Wah Road in Kowloon.   The Government explained that the readings recorded in a settlement monitoring checkpoint installed inside the railway tunnel between Kowloon Station and Olympic Station of the MTR Tung Chung Line had reached 20.27mm on September 7. The preset trigger level for works suspension is 20mm.   For the sake of prudence, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation suspended relevant works within the railway protection area on the same day.   The Buildings Department and the Architectural Services Department deployed staff to inspect the affected railway tunnel and confirmed that it is structurally safe.   The Electrical & Mechanical Services Department has reviewed the monitoring data submitted by the MTRC in relation to the railway's safe operation and confirmed that the condition of the railway fulfils operational safety requirements.   The construction works concerned have not affected the structural safety of the railway facilities and the railway's safe operation.   The Architectural Services Department and the MTRC will continue to closely monitor the situation and maintain close communication with the Buildings Department and the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department to ensure the structural safety of the railway facilities and safe operation of the railway.   The Architectural Services Department and the MTRC will request the contractor responsible for the project to formulate mitigation measures and adopt a construction method to alleviate the effects on the railway facilities.
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