It was shameful that a plan to widen Lantau's accident-plagued Tung Chung Road would take four years, a legislator said yesterday. Colleagues agreed the $1 billion project should be speeded up. But officials said the building schedule was acceptable and rushing work would endanger wildlife. They said the upgrading of the single-lane road would improve safety and traffic flow. Residents have long criticised the winding road linking Tung Chung to southern Lantau as inadequate and have asked for it to be widened or a new one built. A proposal to build an alternative road linking Mui Wo and Tai Ho Wan was rejected last year due to environmental concerns. A series of road accidents has drawn protests from residents' groups. At a meeting of the Legco transport panel yesterday, legislators said the widening planned would take too long. At a meeting of Legco's transport panel, non-affiliated Abraham Razack condemned officials for tying the project up in red tape. 'Why do you always take the longest time to finish the most simple job? This is shameful. You have to change your mentality and procedure,' he said. Legislators urged officials to conduct overnight road work in order to speed up the project. Raymond Ho Chung-tai, representing the engineering sector, said environmental protection laws were hindering progress. 'How can you only take care of the welfare of butterflies but not people?' he asked. But Shirley Lam Suet-lai, Principal Assistant Secretary for Transport, said the project's timetable was acceptable compared to other government works. Meanwhile, officials said the Mass Transit Railway Corporation was negotiating with bus companies over whether to give fare concessions to passengers on the railway's Tseung Kwan O extension. Assistant Commissioner for Transport Zina Wong Chun-ah said the railway was studying whether it would cut fares for passengers who take interchange bus services to MTR stations.