Welcome to the "Connecting Kowloon East – Environmentally Friendly Linkage System" website.
In 2011-12 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced the initiative to transform Kowloon East into an attractive Central Business District (CBD) to sustain Hong Kong’s long-term economic development and a vibrant hub of leisure, recreation and tourism activities. As the CBD in Kowloon East grows, transportation serving the area will gradually evolve into an integrated multi-modal linkage system with an environmentally friendly linkage system (EFLS) at its heart, offering the high-quality connectivity essential for the district’s success.
In 2009, the Civil Engineering and Development Department commissioned a preliminary feasibility study to examine the preliminary feasibility of the rail-based EFLS.
Under the preliminary feasibility study, a two-stage public consultation (PC) had been conducted for the preliminary EFLS proposal. The Stage 1 PC was held from February to October 2012 and successfully aroused public awareness of the proposed EFLS and identified general support for the need to enhance the connectivity of Kowloon East for the CBD development. However, there were divergent views on the need, the alignment and coverage of the proposed elevated rail-based EFLS and its implications for the Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter (KTTS).
The Stage 2 PC was held between October 2013 and February 2014. The Stage 2 PC prompted detailed discussions amongst various sectors in the community. While local communities generally supported the preliminary EFLS proposal and urged for its early implementation or extension to adjacent districts, some commented on its visual impact and financial viability. There were strong local objections to the proposed relocation of a station of the proposed elevated monorail from Kai Ching Estate to Wang Kwong Road, as well as suggestions on connecting the proposed elevated monorail with alternative MTR stations. We also received a proposal for adopting modern tramway as the proposed EFLS instead. To take forward the proposed EFLS, we recommend conducting a detailed feasibility study (DFS) to address the various public concerns and to draw up a scheme which would meet all statutory and government requirements and would be generally accepted by the stakeholders.
The preliminary feasibility study was completed. Its overview and outcome of PC activities are available from the below archive link: