Drivers diverted as road closes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 December, 2010, 12:00am

Drivers are warned of possible confusion when a major route connecting southbound traffic from the Western Harbour Tunnel to Tsim Sha Tsui is closed for five years from Sunday.

However, the MTR Corporation said the new replacement road would provide a shorter and more convenient alternative.

The southbound section of Lin Cheung Road and the whole of Wui Cheung Road will be closed from 9am on Sunday until 2015 for construction of the high-speed rail terminus in West Kowloon.

A new road with the same capacity will be opened on Sunday to divert traffic.

'We don't believe the new road will worsen the traffic situation in the area as it has six lanes, which is the same as [the southbound section] of Lin Cheung Road,' Paul Lo, MTR general manager of the express rail link to Guangzhou, said.

'It is also 200 metres shorter than the original one and with one less traffic light.'

Northbound traffic between Jordan and the Western Harbour Tunnel will not be affected for four years, when the two northbound lanes of Lin Cheung Road will be sunk below ground level to allow easy passage for pedestrians between the future terminus and the West Kowloon Cultural District.

The southbound section of Lin Cheung Road will be reinstated when the terminus is completed in 2015, but Wui Cheung Road will be closed for good.

Lo said the MTR Corp and the Transport Department had already put up a number of signs to warn drivers of the changes. There is also a countdown clock to remind drivers of the number of hours before the closure takes effect.

Twenty-five bus routes and one minibus route will be affected by the diversion.

Pedestrians and drivers will see a large number of construction works and road diversions across the city in the next five years.