As most sections of CKR are in tunnels, the overall visual impact of the project should be relatively limited. We will optimize the design of the works to be constructed at ground level of the eastern and western ends of CKR to let them blend in with the surrounding. We will also make use of the opportunity of constructing CKR to improve the environment through greening and landscaping.
Yau Ma Tei Area
Greening at Ground Level
Since some of the public facilities along Kansu Street will be reprovisioned due to the construction of CKR, space will be available on the original sites of some of these facilities for greening. This includes the original site of the Yau Ma Tei Specialist Clinic Extension (1). The aritist’s impression of the preliminary design for the greening are included below.
During the construction of CKR, the rest area on the southern side of Henry G. Leong Yau Ma Tei Community Centre will be occupied for the temporary reprovisioning of the Yau Ma Tei Public Library and Jade Hawker Bazaar (2). Furthermore, the basketball court to the south of the rest area will be occupied for the construction of the access shaft for construction of the tunnel (3). Upon the completion of the works, the basketball court and the greening and sitting out facilities will be reprovisioned. The artist’s impression of the preliminary design for the greening are included below.
The rest area and open area adjacent to the existing Yau Ma Tei Police Station will be used as work sites during the construction of CKR. The existing facilities will be reprovisioned after completion of the works (4). Greening will also be provided in the open area on the west of the junction of Ferry Street and Yan Cheung Road (5). The artist’s impression of the preliminary design for the greening are illustrated below.
The facilities of the resting areas will include pavilions, plazas and recreational facilities such as children's playground, basketball court and bleachers. In addition, the visual qualities of the resting areas can be enhanced by planting shrubs and lawn.
Greening of Landscape Deck
Yau Ma Tei Landscape Deck
A landscape deck will be constructed at the western tunnel portal of the CKR tunnel to cover a 250m long section of the mainline and the section of Hoi Wang Road between Yan Cheung Road and Waterloo Road to reduce the environmental impacts of the tunnel portal. The landscape deck is about 250m long from east to west and 270m long from south to north.Yau Ma Tei Landscape Deck
Ma Tau Kok Area
Ma Tau Kok Landscape Deck
To facilitate the construction of the cut-and-cover tunnel of CKR, the existing Kowloon City Ferry Pier Public Transport Interchange (PTI) will be temporarily relocated and reinstated at its original location upon the completion of the works. The new PTI will be covered by a landscape deck in accordance with environmental requirements to minimize the impacts arising from the operation of the PTI on nearby residents.
In Phase 2 Public Engagement, the majority of the public supported opening the landscape deck for public use.
Ma Tau Kok Waterfront Promenade
A 160m long and 40m wide waterfront promenade will be constructed along the waterfront area fronting the Kowloon City Ferry Pier PTI in accordance with the Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan. The waterfront promenade will provide multi-function sitting out and recreational facilities such as jogging path, plaza and featured pavings. Tree-lined paths and pavilions will be provided along the waterfront promenade together with different species of trees, shrubs and flowers to add delightful colours to the waterfront. The proposed greening ratio of the waterfront promenade will not be less than 40% and the design concept will complement the landscape deck at the PTI to achieve an overall harmony in the landscape for the Ma Tau Kok waterfront. In long term, the Ma Tau Kok waterfront promenade will connect with the promenade in Kai Tak Development.