East Kowloon is well connected thanks to its transport infrastructure. And plans are to enhance this efficient network of roads, highways and railway connections to support the district's overall development. Kwun Tong Road, a section of Route 7, runs through the heart of the district while the elevated East Kowloon Way and the Kai Tak Tunnel provide greater access to the area. The commissioning of the MTR Kwun Tong Line in 1979 marked a milestone in transport improvements. With the Eastern Harbour Crossing, which was opened in 1989, Island East is only five to 10 minutes away. In the old days, Kwun Tong Pier was a major transport hub for cross-harbour passengers and motor vehicles to and from Central, North Point and Shau Kei Wan. With the opening of the MTR line and the Eastern Harbour Crossing, car and passenger numbers dwindled and the ferry services were terminated. To cope with the district's development and to alleviate traffic congestion on Kwun Tong Road, the Kwun Tong Bypass was completed in 1991, bridging Eastern Harbour Crossing and Tseung Kwan O Tunnel at its southeastern end with Tate's Cairn Tunnel and Airport Tunnel at its northwestern end. To support East Kowloon's continuous development and transformation from a traditional industrial district to a new business hub, transport infrastructure will be upgraded further over the coming years. Simon Lo Wing-fai, director of research and advisory at Colliers International, said major roads and railway projects were in the pipeline to improve further access and connection with the district. In addition to the proposed Sha Tin to Central rail link, a light rail system was being explored for the nearby old Kai Tak airport site redevelopment, which would further improve transport links and development in East Kowloon, he said. The Sha Tin to Central rail will run between Tai Wai in the New Territories and Central on Hong Kong Island via Diamond Hill MTR station on the Kwun Tong Line, and through the proposed Kai Tak development area in Southeast Kowloon. A monorail system is being mooted for Kai Tak with possible connection to the Kwun Tong MTR station and town centre. The project, if it proceeds, is expected to help expedite the transformation of Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay business areas. Also under consideration is a bridge link between Kwun Tong waterfront with Kai Tak Point for pedestrian and vehicular connections, which could serve as a direct connection between the existing and the future developments, and as a catalyst in the rejuvenation of the Kwun Tong area. The proposed Tseung Kwan O to Lam Tin Tunnel is a dual two-lane 4.8km highway connecting Tseung Kwan O town centre in the east to Trunk Road T2 in the Kai Tak development in the west. About 3km of the highway will be a tunnel. The tunnel, together with Central Kowloon Route and Trunk Road T2, will form Route 6 in the strategic road network. It will provide relief to the existing heavily trafficked road network in the central and eastern Kowloon areas including Kwun Tong, Kowloon Bay and Lam Tin. The tunnel should be completed in 2016. Trunk Road T2 is a dual two-lane highway, about 3.6km, connecting the Central Kowloon Route and Tseung Kwan O to Lam Tin Tunnel. About 2.6 km of the road is a tunnel. The government plans to start construction in 2012 for completion in 2016. The proposed Central Kowloon Route is to relieve traffic congestion on the east-west roads across Kowloon. It is a 4.7km dual three-lane highway connecting West Kowloon and the Kai Tak development, including a tunnel of about 3.9km, also scheduled for completion in 2016.