Congestion at Lowu rail station will be eased after a new platform to streamline travellers is completed soon. Platform No4 will serve only Hong Kong-bound travellers. It is part of a $200 million improvement project initiated by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) to meet growing cross-border traffic demand. It will separate mainland and Hong Kong-bound travellers who now use the same platforms. Another platform will also be opened for Hong Kong-bound travellers next year. The KCRC estimates that these improvement works will increase the capacity of the station by about 50,000, to 400,000 people a day. James Blake, senior director (capital projects), said the improvement works were needed to help cope with demand before the Lok Ma Chau cross-border rail is completed by 2007.