Central Kowloon Route (CKR) is a 4.7 km long dual 3-lane trunk road in Central Kowloon linking Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with the road network on Kai Tak Development and Kowloon Bay in East Kowloon.
Investigation and Preliminary Design
Highways Department (HyD) commissioned the Investigation and Preliminary Design (I&PD) of CKR in 2007. Since the project would have a significant impact on traffic, land use and the environment, a comprehensive public engagement strategy was adopted by organizing public forums, focus group meetings, outreach activities, interviews, questionnaire survey, site visits and planning competitions to collect public views on major key issues. Through these activities, good communication was established with various stakeholders, including residents, owners’ committees, community organizations, business operators and District Councils. We have also consulted Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City and Kwun Tong District Councils as well as the Legislative Council Panel on Transport about CKR.
One of the major tasks of the I&PD study was to select a preferred alignment. We have reviewed more than 40 options that were formulated under previous CKR studies and 14 new options were developed. The present alignment was selected after comparing the impacts of the options on reprovisioning of community facilities, environment, land and transport and making reference to comments collected during the public engagement process. The alignment has been generally supported by Legislative Council Panel on Transport, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City and Kwun Tong District Councils.
Another major task of the I&PD study was to develop the preliminary reprovisioning arrangements for a number of public facilities along Kansu Street that would be affected by the construction of CKR. In this regard, we have formulated and improved the reprovisioning arrangements after taking into account the comments gathered during the public engagement process. These arrangements were also supported by Legislative Council, Yau Tsim Mong District Council, local residents, business operators, hawkers and stall operators of Jade Hawker Bazaar.
Through the public engagement activities, we understood that the public generally supported the construction of CKR. The public also expected that CKR would effectively connect to the road networks in East Kowloon and West Kowloon in order to alleviate traffic congestion and would properly preserve the Yau Ma Tei Police Station, Temple Street Night Market, Tin Hau Temple and Yung Shu Tau culture at the same time.
- Established the need for the construction of CKR
- Generally supported the alignment of CKR
- Generally supported the reprovisioning arrangements
The I&PD study was completed in the end of 2010. We commissioned a new consultancy in 2011 and commenced the detailed design of CKR to take forward the project. We are currently working on the detailed design of the various aspects of CKR and formulating the construction arrangements by making reference to the public feedback.
Since notable progress has been achieved in the detailed design, we conducted Phase 2 public engagement activities from December 2012 to March 2013 to systematically collect public views on the detailed design and construction arrangements of CKR. We will finalize the design and construction arrangements, taking into account public feedbacks to implement the project smoothly.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
The EIA report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) on 11 July 2013. An Environmental Permit was issued by the EPD on 9 August 2013.
We are actively planning the implementation of the CKR project for its early implementation. The CKR project will take approximately over 7 years.