CKR is a 4.7 km long dual 3-lane trunk road in Central Kowloon linking the Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with the road network in Kai Tak Development and Kowloon Bay in East Kowloon. The benefits of CKR include relieving congestion along the existing major east-west corridors, enhancing linkages between districts and underpinning various developments in Kowloon.
Relief of Congestion on Major East-West Corridors
The traffic along the existing major east-west corridors in Kowloon, including Lung Cheung Road, Boundary Street, Prince Edward Road West, Argyle Street, Waterloo Road, Gascoigne Road Flyover and Chatham Road North is approaching or has exceeded their design capacities resulting in frequent traffic congestion. The long queues make it difficult for traffic from the side roads turning into these major roads thus propagating the traffic congestion to adjacent areas.
CKR will provide an alternative route for the traffic to bypass the congested road network thus significantly reducing the journey time. With CKR, we estimate that the journey time between Yau Ma Tei and Kowloon Bay during peak hours would take around 5 minutes, saving about 25 minutes in comparison with the journey time without the CKR. CKR will also substantially reduce the traffic volumes along major east-west corridors thus relieving the traffic congestion. The improved traffic conditions will also benefit areas adjacent to CKR including Wong Tai Sin, Ho Man Tin and Kowloon City.
Enhancing Linkages between Districts and Underpinning Developments
CKR will also connect with the highways on the eastern and western sides of Kowloon thus forming a key component of the strategic road network. In this regard, the Kai Tak Interchange on the eastern side will connect CKR with the road network in Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong and Kai Tak Development (KTD), making it convenient to travel between these areas and West Kowloon; while at the same time providing essential transport infrastructure for supporting the Energizing Kowloon East initiative introduced by the Government. CKR together with the proposed Trunk Road T2 at KTD and Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel will form Route 6 with a total length of 12.5km that will directly link up West Kowloon and Tseung Kwan O.
The Yau Ma Tei Interchange located on the western side will provide comprehensive slip roads connecting West Kowloon Highway and Lin Cheung Road. Vehicles can use West Kowloon Highway to access Western Harbour Crossing and Hong Kong Island in the south, Kwai Tsing Container Terminal and Hong Kong International Airport in the west as well as Northwest New Territories in the north. Vehicles can also access the West Kowloon Development Area, West Kowloon Terminus of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) and West Kowloon Cultural District via Lin Cheung Road.