4 September 2007
KCRC to construct a new subway extension in Tsim Sha Tsui
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation will construct a new section of a pedestrian subway in Tsim Sha Tsui to provide a better subway network in the area.
The new section, named Middle Road Subway Extension, will extend an existing pedestrian subway westward along Middle Road adjacent to Kowloon Hotel to Kowloon Park Drive. It will be connected to the two existing Government subways, namely Kowloon Park Drive Subway and Peking Road Subway.
A KCRC spokesman said, "The extended Subway will significantly enhance the connectivity between East Rail's East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and the Canton Road area.
"It will relieve congestion at street level along the Peking Road corridor and offer the community a pleasant travel experience through a safe, clean, all-weather proof passage free from road traffic."
Upon its completion, public including East Rail passengers will be able to walk to Canton Road area via the subway system in about 10 minutes.
"To facilitate passenger movements, travellators will be provided in the subway where feasible," he said.
The spokesman said, "The Subway Extension and associated works will be built by cut-and-cover method, with temporary decking on road surface to maintain traffic flow at Middle Road and Kowloon Park Drive.
"Throughout the construction period, two traffic lanes will be maintained along Middle Road and at least two lanes for each of the direction of Kowloon Park Drive. The section of Hankow Road between Middle Road and Salisbury Road will be changed from northbound to southbound."
The civil works contract of the Middle Road Subway Extension has been awarded to Kumagai-Nishimatsu Joint Venture at $215 million. The works are scheduled for completion in late 2009.