The WIL will provide a fast, reliable and convenient mode of transport between Western District and northern Hong Kong Island and for cross-harbour journeys. The WIL will relieve traffic congestion in Western District and effectively bring Western to the doorstep of the central business district.
All commuters, whether using rail or not, will benefit either from the speedy service provided by the railway or from the less congested road network.
Social & Economic Benefits
The development of Western District has long been constrained by the lack of a reliable mass transportation system. Western District is in fact one of the few remaining urban areas without rail. The West Island Line will lift this constraint and allow the district to rejuvenate and prosper. Significant new employment opportunities will be created as new businesses are established to take advantage of the improved transport conditions. The provision of WIL to the Western District will also increase the value of properties along the railway.
Environmental, Health & Safety Benefits
MTR trains are powered electrically and emission free, thus providing an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The WIL will reduce road traffic, which will lead to improvements in air quality, noise pollution, on-road safety and living quality at large.