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Old October 23rd, 2008, 04:52 PM   #561
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Soon we'll all be able to walk from Kowloon to Central!
You'll never be able to do that. This is the very last piece of reclamation will ever happen inside Victoria Harbour that we absolutely needs to fix the mess created in the past 15 years.
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Soon we'll all be able to walk from Kowloon to Central!
Like what I said! But it's still pretty far even if they continued reclaiming Victoria Harbour. With the increase of roads though, people might drive even more cars.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 11:11 PM   #563
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Blah Blah Blah.... just build that damn underwater bypass and everyone will be happy.
Seriously, all this delay will only increase costs. This is really one of those instances where HK is becoming like the US. We have a tunnel here where various people bitched and complained for 50 years until they finally agreed on something.

Talk of the project started in 1958, building started in 2005 and to finish in 2010. I really hope this doesn't happen in Hong Kong...
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Old October 24th, 2008, 05:06 AM   #564
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Are they SERIOUSLY considering building a BRIDGE? For god's sake isn't the Eastern Corridor enough of a lesson?

I need to cross the bridge over the freeway everytime I wanna get to the harbor when I lived in Tai Koo Shing! Even on ground level is NOT acceptable!
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中環灣仔繞道或明年動工
01/11/2008


【本報訊】波折重重的中環灣仔繞道可望明年動工,預計二○一五年落成,共建維港委員會多名成員昨贊成中環灣仔繞道以隧道方式興建,並希望這項造價高達二百億元的工程盡快展開,創造就業機會,挽救經濟。

中環填海明年完成
路政署署長韋志成昨在共建維港委員會上稱,年底前會完成中環灣仔繞道設計細節及刊憲等工作,若一切順利,希望明年動工,預計工程需時六年。

土木工程拓展署港島及離島拓展處處長韓志強則稱,中環填海計劃第三期明年底完成,但因中環灣仔繞道多次受到法律挑戰,令工程延誤,未能在填海的同時進行隧道工程,而要在填海區進行保護工程建隔牆預留空間,日後建隧道時不用挖開地面。

共建維港委員會成員吳永順說,中環新海濱設計還未完成,擔心保護工程成為既定事實,變成海濱設計的限制。韓志強回應說,保護工程的臨時頂板離地面三至四點五米,日後隧道則離地面八至九米,不會成為海濱設計的限制。

發展局局長林鄭月娥表示,該局去年工作集中在保育方面,未來幾年則會尠眼於優化海濱,該局會在政府高層統籌下與其他政策局協調工作。在會議開始前,與會者默哀悼念早前不幸中風過身的共建維港委員會前成員陳偉群。
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^ Translation: Central-Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) may begin construction next year, estimating completion by 2015. Members of Harbour Enhancement Committee agreed the CWB to be built as underground tunnel, hoping this HK$20 billions will create more job opportunities and promote the economy.

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But how? Wan Chai Reclamation Phase II is still a no go, and the Wan Chai section alignment east of HKCEE is still in grey. Is the government really going to build the western section first, and hoping/forcing the western section to come.
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^ Translation: Central-Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) may begin construction next year, estimating completion by 2015. Members of Harbour Enhancement Committee agreed the CWB to be built as underground tunnel, hoping this HK$20 billions will create more job opportunities and promote the economy.

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But how? Wan Chai Reclamation Phase II is still a no go, and the Wan Chai section alignment east of HKCEE is still in grey. Is the government really going to build the western section first, and hoping/forcing the western section to come.
Yes, it is quite odd, when the water is still flowing and no reclamation has started on that outlying piece.

I also notice they started digging down on a part of the already-reclaimed land. A large rectangle hole can be seen from the air.
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發展局增3職 統籌維港規劃
10月23日 星期四 05:05

【明報專訊】為加快維港兩岸的規劃,發展局長林鄭月娥 昨日表示,發展局將開設3個新職位,包括一名首席助理秘書長,以成立專責小組去統籌維港規劃的工作。對於被質疑海濱長廊進展緩慢,她歸咎於沿海私人發展及政府公用設施對優化兩岸造成掣肘。

林鄭月娥昨於立法會 發展事務委員會會議上表示,參考去年成立文物專員辦事處的經驗,認為由專責小組針對美化維港兩岸的工作,能提高規劃沿海地區的效率,「由專責小組統籌涉及海岸規劃的各個政府部門,以及與共建維港委員會和區議會 溝通,會更有效」。

發展局將向立法會人事編制小組及財務委員會申請開設3個職位,專責維港兩岸的規劃。林鄭月娥解釋,過往維港一直擔當「工作港」(working harbour)的角色,她希望專責小組能開放更多空置的沿岸政府土地,以便發展連貫的海濱長廊,並會探討中長期重新規劃的可行性。
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政府叫停清拆港內碼頭
(星島)10月26日 星期日 05:30

《施政報告》提出美化維港兩岸,發展局局長林鄭月娥 表示,碼頭對海濱的暢達程度十分重要,加上受《保護海港條例》影響,新建碼頭十分困難,政府內部決定,維港兩岸的公眾碼頭不可隨便清拆,並已叫停西區副食品批發市場空置碼頭清拆計畫。

林鄭月娥昨日出席電台節目時表示,近日先後到澳洲 、倫敦 考察,認為碼頭對保持海濱暢達非常重要,加上香港有保護海港條例,碼頭清拆後若要再興建,十分困難,部門內已決定,維港兩岸的公眾碼頭不能隨便清拆。

重申不賤賣土地

對於空置的碼頭,當局會加以鞏固美化及找尋新用途,包括曾被審計署 指出須尋找活化用途的西區副食品批發市場四個空置碼頭。漁護署 雖考慮拆卸碼頭,但林鄭月娥表示,已經叫停該清拆計畫,並已要求各工務部門,研究遷置海濱現有貨物起卸區、垃圾轉運站、泵水站等功能設施,以便騰出土地發展為海濱長廊。共建維港委員會轄下小組已展開研究,就維港兩岸土地管理成立管理局的可行性。

樓市步入寒冬,政府本年度至今的土地收益一百億元,僅及預算案預計收入的四分之一。林鄭月娥表示,土地供應由市場主導,會繼續維持勾地表制度,絕不會賤賣土地,「就好似放到滿枱佳餚,但來的客人不想食,便不應該逼他們食」。她又強調,土地是社會的寶貴資源,應以市場價格拍賣,不會降底勾地門檻。

對於公共工程開支問題,林鄭月娥預計,本立法年度會有一百項工程需呈交立法會 審批,期望隨着有關大型工程陸續上馬,可創造更多就業機會,紓緩建築業的就業問題。造價不超過二千一百萬元的小型工程,今年的總開支接近六十八億元,若市場有能力承接更多小型工程,她不排除增加有關撥款,令各區也可進行多些小型工程。 本報記者
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繞道工程不建防波堤 逾百避風塘遊艇施工期搬遷
(明報)10月24日 星期五 05:05

【明報專訊】為讓中環灣仔繞道上馬,政府經3個月公眾諮詢後初步決定,取消備受爭議的臨時防波堤,以縮減約2.4公頃的臨時填海範圍,但停泊於「私人繫泊區」的逾百艘遊艇,卻要於施工期間遷往香港仔南或其他避風塘;有共建維港委員會委員認為,有關建議已平衡工程對海港及艇戶的影響。

高等法院以「臨時填海也屬填海」為由,裁定政府須為中環灣仔繞道工程的臨時防波堤作諮詢才可動工;不過,根據路政署的資料文件,路政署建議取消興建防波堤及相關的臨時填海工程,以符合《保護海港條例》的要求。

不過,興建繞道的隧道期間,將佔用部分銅鑼灣 避風塘的水域,約有100艘碇泊船隻及180艘繫泊船隻將受工程影響。路政署發言人說,經詳細考慮及歸納公眾意見,當局擬「把私人繫泊區的船隻遷往香港仔南避風塘及其他避風塘」,將使用者的影響減至最低。現時,佔地4.4公頃的私人繫泊區有152艘船停泊。

遊艇會船不遷移 免影響比賽

至於香港遊艇會繫泊區及碇泊區的船將不會遷移;路政署解釋,搬遷遊艇會會影響該會定期在維港舉辦的帆船比賽,亦會令船與奇力島的會所分開。而遷移碇泊區的船則會滋擾碇泊處的商業活動,影響使用者的生計。部分碇泊處的使用者亦擔心他們的船日久失修,搬遷將影響船的結構。

共建維港委員會海港計劃檢討小組委員會主席吳永順認為,建議可平衡工程對海港及艇戶的影響,屬最合理的方案,「這證明政府無法證明臨時填海讓艇戶停泊具凌駕性公眾需要,若強行興建防波堤,可能會被人控告,只好犧性部分艇戶的需要」。

議員:艇戶停業兩年失客源

但東區區議員周潔冰說,私人繫泊區內亦有「搵食船」,「整個工程約需6年,分階段遷移船隻的話,即有關艇戶至少有兩年要離開銅鑼灣,失去客源,而香港仔南避風塘亦未必歡迎他們」,路政署將於本周六舉辦論壇,進一步諮詢公眾及艇戶意見,希望於今年底完成諮詢。
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鯉魚門擬建觀景台地標
02/11/2008




【本報訊】由旅遊事務署負責的油塘鯉魚門海旁改善計劃,經過長達三年的諮詢,已進入詳細設計階段,稍後將會刊憲,並向立法會申請撥款。按計劃鯉魚門海旁將興建一個鯉魚形狀的觀景台作為地標,建造海濱長廊及興建全新的泊岸設施,並考慮應地區人士要求將觀景台延長至覆蓋毗鄰的蠔灘。旅遊發展局曾估計,重新打造後的鯉魚門每月可吸引約一萬一千人次旅客乘船前往用膳。

鯉魚門以海鮮美食聞名,為發揮其優勢及提升吸引力,旅遊事務署計劃在鯉魚門海濱闢設五個以海洋為主題的觀景點,接連海濱長廊,讓旅客可漫步沿岸欣賞鯉魚門海峽的美景。

2012年分階段完成
另外,由於不少旅客是乘船前往鯉魚門,現時的泊岸設施過於簡陋,當局已選定在鯉魚門燈塔以東興建一個全新的公眾泊岸設施及防波堤,方便遊船停泊。據悉,擬建的泊岸設施須可容納三十米長的船隻停泊。

早前曾有漁民團體擔心興建泊岸設施及防波堤會影響鯉魚門航道,經旅遊事務署解釋新設施不會令該區航道收窄,亦不會改變水流速度,而且有關部門會為擬建泊岸設施制訂一套管理方案後,終釋漁民團體的憂慮,消除了反對聲音。改善工程最快於二○一○年底動工,並於二○一二年開始分階段完成。

當局在進行有關規劃設計時,亦會一併加入考慮鯉魚門地區人士及觀塘區議員最新提出的建議,包括將觀景台延長至覆蓋毗鄰的蠔灘,並會連接擬建的泊岸設施,將海濱長廊延長;提供公眾通道以接連鯉魚門海濱休憩處和伸延後的觀景台及海濱長廊,並且美化海旁公廁旁另一面的兩幅空地,改善環境。

觀塘區議員呂東孩對計劃終於落實表示歡迎,他指改善計劃討論近三年,連居民也等得心急了,他希望工程能加快上馬,區議會亦配合自行撥款在區內進行小型改善工程。
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High hopes. Protesters release balloons after a march in support of the preservation of Victoria Harbour
3 November 2008
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High hopes. Protesters release balloons after a march in support of the preservation of Victoria Harbour yesterday. Waving banners, about 300 protesters marched about 2km from the Star Ferry in Central to Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. The "Walk for the Harbour" was jointly organised by a number of concern groups.
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LCQ19: Projects to improve pedestrian environment and beautify the harbourfront
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Following is a question by the Hon James To Kun-sun and a written reply by the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, in the Legislative Council today (November 5):

Question:

In his policy address delivered last month, the Chief Executive stated that the Government would study a number of district projects, including "extending the footbridge system in Mong Kok to cover central Mong Kok and the Tai Kok Tsui area", and "study the feasibility of conducting medium and long-term re-planning of the harbour, improve the accessibility of the harbourfront and, …… proceed with the construction of waterfront promenades". In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) given that in reply to my question in May last year, the Government indicated that the extension works of the pedestrian footbridge at Mong Kok Road were expected to be completed by the end of 2009, but it has recently been reported that the Transport Department advised that there was quicksand underneath the proposed location for the bridge columns and the works were thus suspended, whether the Government has assessed if the works will be completed on schedule;

(b) of the details of the above study on the extension of the footbridge system in Mong Kok to cover Tai Kok Tsui area, including the scope of the study and its completion date;

(c) given that in commissioning the consultancy study on Area Improvement Plan for the Shopping Areas for Mong Kok earlier, the Planning Department ("PD") also explored the proposal to construct a footbridge along Argyle Street, but the proposal was subsequently rejected on grounds that the footbridge foundations would decrease vehicular capacity, whether the Government will reexamine the proposal; if it will, of the details;

(d) given that it was proposed in the Report of the Hung Hom District Study commissioned by PD that a waterfront promenade should be developed in Hung Hom, whether the Government will draw up a timetable for implementing the proposal; and

(e) whether the Government will study the reprovisioning of a number of the existing public facilities along the West Kowloon waterfront, such as the Yau Ma Tei Cargo Handling Area, so as to avoid impeding PD from implementing the proposals to develop the land along the waterfront, which were put forth in the Report of the Planning Study on the Harbour and its Waterfront Areas published in 2003?

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My reply to the five-part question is as follows:

(a) The western extension of the Mong Kok Road footbridge system across Nathan Road will be constructed by a private developer. The associated preliminary investigation works were completed last year with the assistance of Government departments such as the Transport Department (TD) and the Police. As there are legal procedures remain to be completed, including the consideration of whether the extension should be regazetted, and part of the works arrangements of the project such as underground ducts diversion have not been finalized, the construction works for the footbridge were unable to commence at the end of last year as scheduled. We will continue to liaise with the developer for the early commencement of the works. TD and the Highways Department have not received any report from the developer on the discovery of special geological conditions that would hinder the works progress.

(b) The Policy Address proposes to improve the pedestrian environment. One of the proposals to be studied is to extend the footbridge system in Mong Kok to cover central Mong Kok and Tai Kok Tsui area. TD is making preparations for the concerned study. Various factors such as transport needs, geographical conditions, technical feasibility will be considered in arriving at a suitable proposal. The study is expected to be completed in early 2010. Upon completion of the footbridge system extension scheme, together with the existing and planned footbridges and public corridors, the footbridge system in Mong Kok and Tai Kok Tsui will be enhanced. It will facilitate pedestrians to commute to and from the busy locations in the districts.

(c) The Study on Area Improvement Plan for the Shopping Areas for Mong Kok commissioned by the Planning Department (PlanD) did not put forward any specific and substantive recommendations to extend the footbridge system in Mong Kok to cover the central Mong Kok area. When PlanD conducted public consultation on the study in mid-2007, some members of the public requested to extend the existing footbridge system at Mong Kok Road along Sai Yee Street to cover the Argyle Street area. From the traffic point of view, if a new footbridge is built over the section of Sai Yee Street and Argyle Street, the footbridge foundations will occupy part of the roads, thus decreasing vehicular capacity and affecting the traffic. As such, the above proposal was considered undesirable by the consultant.

By redeveloping the depots of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Water Supplies Department at Sai Yee Street in Mong Kok, TD's proposed extension of the footbridge system to cover the central area serves to connect the public corridors inside such depots to the footbridge at Mong Kok Road. There is also a branch footbridge over Argyle Street to improve the footbridge network of the area. Compared with the previous proposal of constructing a footbridge along Sai Yee Street, it is a more desirable option with much less impact on traffic during and after construction. TD will continue to examine this proposal.

(d) To beautify and revitalise the waterfront of Victoria Harbour for use by the public, the Development Bureau (DEVB) will co-ordinate with various government departments in carrying out the waterfront promenade projects in different districts. Given the existing restrictions over the use of waterfront sites, the work will be planned for implementation on short-term, medium-term and long-term basis. To take Hung Hom as an example, the Hung Hom District Study recommends that a continuous waterfront promenade should be built from Tsim Sha Tsui East to Laguna Verde. As the MTRC Freight Yard and International Mail Centre (IMC) are located on the Hung Hom waterfront, the continuous waterfront promenade proposal cannot be implemented until the MTRC Freight Yard and the IMC are relocated in the long-term. No specific timetable for its implementation has been drawn up yet. Nevertheless, beautification of the wall of Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool will soon be carried out for better integration with the public realm. The works will commence in early 2009. In the medium-term, we will explore the feasibility of public private partnership to develop the waterfront promenade adjoining the Comprehensive Development Area near the Hung Hom Pier.

(e) At present, the site along the West Kolwoon waterfront is mainly used as a public cargo working area. Other uses include an abandoned vehicle surrender centre, the Yau Ma Tei Marine Office and some undeveloped sites for temporary uses. The main purpose of the Planning Study on the Harbour and its Waterfront Areas, which was completed in 2003, was to formulate a Harbour and Waterfront Plan to guide the use of waterfront areas and recommend major tourism development components and opportunities for the Study Area. The Study recommended that additional tourist attractions and facilities should be provided outside the Inner Harbour, such as the Yau Ma Tei Public Cargo Working Area/ Typhoon Shelter. This recommendation was a conceptual idea and aimed to explore feasible ways to enhance the environment of the coastal area of the district. However, the cargo industry strongly objected to the idea. Hence, the Yau Ma Tei Public Cargo Working Area cannot be relocated within a short time. The Planning Study therefore did not include this conceptual proposal in the Action Area Plans. The Public Cargo Working Area is still in operation and no definite plan has been drawn up for its relocation.

The waterfront promenade of the West Kowloon Cultural District has been opened for public use since September 2005. DEVB will continue to explore long-term and short-term initiatives to enhance the accessibility to and beautify the West Kowloon waterfront, including opening up some undeveloped sites for use by the public.
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Yes, I believe they only filled in that section last year!
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