I refer to the letter from Duncan McCrae headlined, 'Simple solution' (South China Morning Post, November 21), regarding the traffic arrangement at West Kowloon Highway southbound.
There are altogether three traffic lanes on the section of West Kowloon Highway southbound referred to by Mr McCrae, with a deceleration lane on the left leading to a slip road to Tsim Sha Tsui.
Solid-cum-broken white lines about 55 metres long have already been painted on the carriageway between the deceleration lane and the slow lane from the bifurcation point up to the point where the deceleration lane width is 3.5 metres (which is a standard lane width) to prohibit vehicles in the slow lane from cutting into the deceleration lane. Besides, another stretch of solid-cum-broken white lines of about 130 metres in length have already been laid on the carriageway between the slow lane and the middle lane (upstream of the end of the aforementioned section of solid-cum-broken white lines) to curb lane-cutting from the middle lane to the slow lane. We believe that the current congestion problem may be attributed to lane-cutting activities by vehicles in the middle lane through a small gap in this system of solid-cum-broken white lines.
To eliminate such lane-cutting activities, we are going to extend the section of these white lines between the slow lane and the middle lane further downstream to the bifurcation point. Through these road marking extensions, the middle and fast lanes will both be available for vehicles heading for the Western Harbour Crossing.
Y. K. CHIAO
for Commissioner for Transport