Legislators will meet Friday to study the government’s proposals to reprovision Yau Ma Tei police station to allow construction of the proposed Central Kowloon Route (CKR).
According to a paper submitted by the Transport and Housing Bureau to the Legislative Council’s Panel on Transport, the total estimated cost for the reprovisioning of the police station is HK$980 million at money-of-the-day prices (MOD).
The bureau plans to make a formal application for funding to the Legco Public Works Subcommittee later in May 2013.
“Since the construction of the CKR will occupy [the police station], to ensure that the existing services of the police station will be maintained during construction, the site of the existing police station can only be vacated for the construction of CKR after the new police station has been reprovisioned and commissioned,” the bureau wrote in its paper.
The Architectural Services Department will oversee the reprovisioning project.
The new police station is to be built nearby on a site of about 3,912 square metres (42,109 square feet) on Yau Cheung Road on the West Kowloon Reclamation, adjacent to The Coronation private residential project built by developer Sino Land (0083).
The bureau expects the reprovisioning works to start in June 2013 for completion in the first quarter of 2016.
It said Highways Department was consulting the public on future use of the existing police station.
The proposed Central Kowloon Route is a 4.7 kilometre long dual three-lane trunk road, connecting Yau Ma Tei Interchange of the West Kowloon Highway with the road network at Kai Tak Development and Kowloon Bay in East Kowloon.
It consists of mainly tunnels 3.9 kilometres long to be constructed deep in rock stratum so as to avoid affecting the foundations of buildings along the route alignment.
Temporary reclamation is however necessary at Kowloon Bay to construct the underwater tunnel section.
According to the government gazette, ASD carried out a prequalification exercise in March last year for interested contractors with a view to calling tenders later in August.