Central Kowloon Route(CKR)

Central Kowloon Route(CKR)

The proposed 4.7 km long dual three-lane CKR will connect the existing Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with the proposed Kai Tak Development and the road network in Kowloon Bay.  It will provide a new strategic east-west road link across central Kowloon. 

Indicative alignment of the proposed CKR
                                            Indicative alignment of the proposed CKR

 

The proposed CKR will relieve the traffic congestion at peak hours on the existing east-west corridors, including Lung Cheung Road, Boundary Street, Prince Edward Road, Argyle Street, Waterloo Road, Gascoigne Road Flyover and Chatham Road North.  A journey from West Kowloon to Kowloon Bay through the proposed CKR will take about 5 minutes.

     

An express link between East and West Kowloon

                                           An express link between East and West Kowloon
 

Traffic congestion on Gascoigne Road Flyover
                 Traffic congestion on Gascoigne Road Flyover

                                                       Traffic congestion on Lung Cheng Road 
                                                                    Traffic congestion on Lung Cheung Road   


 Traffic congestion on Prince Edward Road
                 Traffic congestion on Prince Edward Road
 


The proposed CKR will largely be in the form of a tunnel to minimize its impact on existing buildings.  The length of the tunnel is about 3.8 km and the CKR tunnel will be one of the longest vehicular tunnels in Hong Kong.

Artistic impression of CKR tunnel
Artistic impression of CKR tunnel

 

It will mainly be in the form of a deep bored tunnel except at the two ends where shallow cut-and-cover tunnel will be used.  For the portion across the waters in Kowloon Bay, immersed tube tunnel will be used to avoid reclamation.

Typical cross-section of bored tunnel
                                Typical cross-section of bored tunnel

 


The proposed CKR is currently under planning.  Funding approval from the Legislative Council (LegCo) is being sought to carry out the consultancy studies for its investigation and design.  The scope of the consultancy studies will cover the following –

(a) to review the previous alignment proposals and develop new alignment options for CKR, including an option which allows the preservation of the Yau Ma Tei Plice Station;

(b) to examine the impacts and requirements associated with the various alignment options, paying due regard to the need for the preservation or reprovisioning of the affected community facilities and the possible impact on the private properties.  The future land use planning in respect of areas affected by the project and the need for area wide traffic management measures will also be explored in the study;

(c) to consider the social impacts arising from the adoption of the various alignment options and their associated reprovisioning.  The performance of different viable combinations of alignment and reprovisioning options will be conducted in terms of economic, social and environmental aspects, paying particular attention to the preservation of built heritages and local culture;

(d) to conduct comprehensive consultation with the respective District Councils, local communities, hawkers representatives, professional bodies and academics having interest in the project, with an aim to collect views to develop a preferred alignment scheme for CKR; and

(e) to commence the detailed design for CKR upon the acceptance of a final alignment scheme by the community in large.

Subject to the funding approval, the consultancy studies will commence in mid 2007.  We will consult the public and the LegCo again before seeking funding for the construction of CKR.