An extended pedestrian subway is to be built to help shoppers in Tsim Sha Tsui. The 240-metre-long subway, costing about HK$215 million, would allow people to get from East Tsim Sha Tsui station to the Canton Road area in 10 minutes, said Ken Wong Kin-wai, senior resident engineer of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. 'It provides an alternative for people. They can walk from one side to the other in the air-conditioned, well-linked pedestrian subway,' he said. Now, people coming from the East Tsim Sha Tsui station have to get out of the underpass when reaching the Kowloon Hotel and walk to Canton Road. The new section, named Middle Road Subway Extension, will connect the existing underpass in Middle Road to two government subways, including Kowloon Park Drive Subway and Peking Road Subway. It is due to be completed, with travellators installed, by late 2009. To make way for the construction, one of the three driving lanes on Middle Road will be closed. But Mr Wong said it would only have a minimal impact on traffic. 'The drivers using the road just have to get used to the new arrangements,' he said. 'Right now, cars are parked along the two sides of Middle Road. But cars will not be allowed to unload there when work starts.' Alexis Chan Kin-shing, district councillor of Tsim Sha Tsui, said the extended section would save pedestrians more time after three underpasses were linked. 'It serves as a remedy to an earlier decision not to build a Canton Road station in Tsim Sha Tsui,' he said. 'If you walk fast enough, you can reach one side of Tsim Sha Tsui to the other in seven minutes.' In 2004, the KCRC decided not to include a Canton Road station in its Kowloon Southern Link project, which is expected to be completed in 2009. The new project will link East Tsim Sha Tsui Station with West Rail Nam Cheong Station. The pedestrian subway is expected to boost tourism and shopping.