Construction of a new rail route will be the most effective way to ease congestion at the Shenzhen border, Guangdong Governor Lu Ruihua said yesterday. Mr Lu, speaking on the sidelines of the National People's Congress session, said Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and the provincial Government had held talks on new measures to help ease the bottlenecks at crossings between Hong Kong and the mainland. Proposals also include speeding up the construction of a new cross-border checkpoint in the western part of Shenzhen and simplifying crossing procedures, Mr Lu said. Expanding the checkpoints would be a better way to improve efficiency, rather than extending working hours. 'Most people cross the border in the morning. Even if the counters are open 24 hours it won't help much. Nobody will cross the border at 3am,' he said. He said the new rail link and checkpoint would be built quickly. The Guangdong Government and the SAR had agreed to launch new measures to help to smooth Customs checking procedures, Mr Lu said, but refused to reveal any details. Mr Lu also revealed that the Guangdong Government had conducted a health inspection in the province, showing no one was found to be infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus. He said the Government would destroy any infected chickens.