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Old April 13th, 2012, 01:47 PM   #501
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LCQ8: EFLS in Energizing Kowloon East
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Alan Leong and a written reply by the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, in the Legislative Council today (June 27):

Question:

Regarding the environmentally friendly linkage system (EFLS) in the Energizing Kowloon East initiative, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) given that apart from the proposed monorail, the authorities have included other environmentally friendly modes of transport in their scope of studies, of the details of these modes of transport in terms of costs, transport efficiency, operating and maintenance expenses, economic internal rate of return, future development flexibility and accessibility to the various districts within Kowloon East;

(b) given that the relevant feasibility study does not recommend the extension of EFLS to some old developed districts in Kowloon East, including To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City and San Po Kong, and one of the reasons is that while the anticipated patronage for the said branch extensions is relatively low, the additional construction costs incurred will be very high, whether the authorities, having regard to this problem, have studied other environmentally friendly modes of transport which may be available for use by the residents of these old districts and are also economically efficient; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that;

(c) whether it knows which other places have monorail systems, and how these monorail systems compare with one another in terms of costs, efficiency, operating and maintenance expenses, economic internal rate of return and development flexibility; and

(d) of the estimated annual operating and maintenance expenses of the proposed monorail system?

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In his 2011-12 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that we would adopt a visionary, co-ordinated and integrated approach to transform Kowloon East, comprising the Kai Tak Development (KTD) Area, the former industrial areas of Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay, into an attractive central business district (CBD) to sustain Hong Kong's long-term economic development. To achieve this goal, the infrastructure works within the district should be well-planned for enhancing connectivity. Befitting Kowloon East CBD's green vision and development strategies, the proposed EFLS as a transport mode with low carbon emission will enhance inter-district and intra-district connectivity of Kowloon East.

In December 2011, we briefed the Panel on Development of the Legislative Council on the Government's new initiative on transforming Kowloon East into a CBD, including a two-stage public consultation exercise to be commenced for soliciting public views on the EFLS proposal. The Stage 1 public consultation commenced in February 2012 and the Panel on Development was consulted in April 2012. Views collected at the Stage 1 public consultation will be analysed and reported to relevant stakeholders at the Stage 2 public consultation, which will be conducted in end 2012, with a view to arriving at a consensus reflecting the majority of public views on the way forward for the EFLS.

My reply to the various parts of the question is as follows:

(a) The Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan approved in November 2007 has contained a reserve for an elevated rail-based environmentally friendly transport system as a long term transport mode subject to detailed investigation. In December 2009, we commissioned the consultants to study the feasibility of providing the EFLS in the form of elevated rail line. Apart from the proposed monorail, the EFLS feasibility study has also examined rubber-tyred Automatic People Mover (APM). The passenger capacity, construction cost, operating and maintenance expenses of both monorail and APM are of similar order, though the APM would cause more visual impact and blockage to daylight/ventilation. To tie in with the completion of the cruise terminal and public housing development in 2013, the study has also preliminarily examined the applicability of other road-based green public transport modes for KTD Area, including the supercapacitor bus, battery-electric bus and hybrid bus. On the other hand, the bus companies are now arranging to conduct pilot schemes on these different types of green buses in order to ascertain their suitability for use in Hong Kong. Road-based green buses will offer an advantage of lower procurement cost and running cost as well as higher flexibility for route planning and modification, but will occupy or share road space thus having lower transport efficiency and adding pressure to the already busy road network in districts adjoining KTD. In response to the public suggestions solicited during the Stage 1 public consultation, we will further look into other technical aspects of the road-based green public transport modes such as traffic impact, land use and cost implications. Relevant information will be made available for public consideration during the Stage 2 public consultation.

(b) The study suggests not extending the EFLS to To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City and San Po Kong. The major factors in consideration of penetrating the elevated monorail into the old residential areas are the complicated technical difficulties and constraints of topographical environment, including the noise and visual impacts on the residential areas, concerns about intrusion of privacy of the premises, etc. To enhance the connectivity between KTD and To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City and San Po Kong, the study suggests extending some of the existing bus routes via Prince Edward Road East to KTD as well as fourteen items of proposed/enhanced footbridges, subways and at-grade pedestrian crossings.

(c) There are quite a number of monorails in use in the overseas cities, for example, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (opened in 2003), Las Vegas in the United States (opened in 2004), Moscow in Russia (opened in 2004), Sentosa in Singapore (opened in 2007) and Palm Jumeirah in Dubai (opened in 2009). We do not have information about the capital investment, operating and maintenance expenses and financial performance for the above overseas monorails. Given the differences in topographical environment, social factor and implementation timeframe, it would be unable to compare the construction cost, operating and maintenance expenses and financial performance of the proposed EFLS with the above overseas monorails on a like-with-like basis.

(d) According to the preliminary estimation in the EFLS feasibility study, assuming that the fare structure for the EFLS is similar to that for the Mass Transit Railway and excluding the replacement costs for electrical/mechanical facilities and rolling stock, the revenue could cover the operating and maintenance expenses of the EFLS. As the detailed feasibility study has yet to proceed and there is no local operating data for the monorail, the annual operating and maintenance expenses of the EFLS could only be broadly estimated to be in the range from $18 to $23 million per kilometre of rail length at 2010 price level. The actual figure will be subject to the final design and the operating situation.
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Old July 5th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #506
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President Hu visits Kai Tak Development
Saturday, June 30, 2012
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President Hu Jintao, accompanied by the Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, visited the new Cruise Terminal Building to get a better understanding of the Kai Tak Development this morning (June 30).

The Kai Tak Development is a mega-scale development project spanning a total planning area of over 320 hectares and with a mix of community, housing, business, tourism and infrastructural uses.

At the new Cruise Terminal Building, President Hu was invited to view the exhibition panels giving detailed information on the Kai Tak Development. On-site briefings were given by the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, on the development plans for the Kai Tak Development and Energizing Kowloon East, and by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, on the cruise terminal.

President Hu chatted with the working staff there and reminded them of the importance of construction safety while maintaining the progress and quality of the work.

Before leaving the Cruise Terminal Building, President Hu said the project was meaningful as it had taken into account the economic development needs of Hong Kong and the need to improve people's livelihood and had incorporated environmental protection principles.

President Hu also said that he liked to visit various places to better understand Hong Kong's progress and development.

President Hu's next stop was a public housing construction site for Kai Ching Estate at Kai Tak. The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, briefed President Hu on Hong Kong's housing policies and public housing development in Kai Tak. President Hu visited two public housing flats which are yet to be occupied and talked to construction workers and technical staff there.
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Tenders invited for Kai Tak development - reconstruction and upgrading of Kai Tak Nullah project
Friday, September 7, 2012
Government Press Release

To improve the drainage capacity of Kai Tak Nullah and mitigate the flooding risk to its surrounding areas, the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) today (September 7) invited tenders for the contract for the Kai Tak development - reconstruction and upgrading of Kai Tak Nullah project.

The works mainly comprise:
* reconstruction and upgrading of the approximately 1.3-kilometre-long Kai Tak Nullah;
* construction of two desilting compounds; and
* ancillary works, including landscaping works and environmental mitigation measures.

The works are scheduled to commence in January 2013 for completion in April in 2018.

The CEDD has commissioned AECOM Asia Company Limited to design and supervise the works. Interested contractors may obtain the tender forms and other particulars from AECOM Asia Company Limited at 10/F, Tower 2, Grand Central Plaza, 138 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, Sha Tin.

The invitation to tender was gazetted today. The closing time for the tender is noon on October 19, 2012. Tender submissions should be placed in the Government Secretariat Tender Box at G/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar.

For enquiries, please call AECOM Asia Company Limited at 3922 9238.
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Commissioner for Tourism attends Seatrade All Asia Cruise Convention in Shanghai
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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The Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Philip Yung, attended the 3rd Seatrade All Asia Cruise Convention, being held in Shanghai from September 26 to 28.

Speaking at the Convention today (September 27), Mr Yung updated cruise trade representatives on the development of the new cruise terminal in Hong Kong. He highlighted Hong Kong's advantages as a cruise hub in the Asia-Pacific region and the opportunities arising from the opening of the new cruise terminal in Hong Kong for developing new itineraries in the region.

"The rising demand for cruise travel from the Mainland is something that no cruise operator should overlook. In 2011, Hong Kong received more than 500,000 Mainland visitors taking cruises from our port. Meanwhile, the number of cruise ships received by the ports on the Mainland has increased by 17.5 per cent in 2011, reaching over 260 calls. We are keen to see more cruise operators catch this trend and deploy more ships to the region. Being a regional cruise hub, Hong Kong definitely stands to benefit from the growing demand for cruise travel on the Mainland," said Mr Yung.

Mr Yung introduced to the participants of the Convention the policy announced by the Central Government in late June this year that Mainland tour groups taking cruises from Hong Kong to Taiwan could visit Japan or Korea in the same cruise journey before returning to the Mainland. He pointed out that the policy would encourage cruise operators to offer more diverse itineraries and attract more Mainland tourists to take cruises from Hong Kong.

Mr Yung also informed the delegates that the construction works at the new cruise terminal are making good progress, and the cruise terminal building and the first berth are planned to be commissioned in mid-2013. In addition, the well-established Ocean Terminal has had its lease renewed. Its cruise facilities will be enhanced, providing more efficient service to passengers.

The Seatrade All Asia Cruise Convention is the most established cruise event in Asia. The Convention this year has been attended by industry representatives from over 30 countries and regions in the world. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has set up an exhibition booth at the Convention to showcase the design of the new cruise terminal as well as Hong Kong's position as a must-visit destination.

In the margins of the Convention, Mr Yung met with the senior management of a number of major cruise companies to discuss the potential of the cruise market in the region and ship deployment to Hong Kong.

Accompanying Mr Yung to attend the Convention were the Executive Director of the HKTB, Mr Anthony Lau, and a representative from the Worldwide Cruise Terminals Consortium, which is the operator of the new cruise terminal at Kai Tak.

Mr Yung will return to Hong Kong tomorrow.
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Sports supremo fears stadium U-turn
The Standard
Friday, October 19, 2012

The territory's top sports official fears the government may think again over plans to build a stadium of an international standard at Kai Tak.

Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, said if the new stadium is not built, the territory will be unable to compete in the hosting of international sporting events.

It is believed that opinion within the government is leaning towards scrapping the stadium in favor of residential development.

However, a Home Affairs Bureau spokeswoman said she is unaware of any plan to replace the stadium, and the targeted completion date has been set for 2019 or 2020.

However, the Development Bureau said there is room to rethink building density and other arrangements in the Kai Tak plan.

"Hong Kong athletes achieved good results in the London Olympics and the government should support them by building more sports facilities," Fok said.

Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication sector lawmaker Ma Fung-kwok said he met with Home Affairs Bureau officials a few weeks ago and the project was still on the table then.

But more recently there have been suggestions the government is focusing on housing policy and may replace the stadium with flats and move it to northern Lantau Island.

"If we fail to fight for the stadium this time, we will have to rely on young people to fight for it in the future," Fok said.

Sarah Li Wai-sze, Olympic bronze medalist in kerin, said Hong Kong should follow South Korea and Singapore and build large-scale facilities in a city of skyscrapers to promote sports to the public.
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Kai Tak backtrack as stadium options grow
The Standard
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A member of the Long-Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee has softened his stance on the construction of a sports stadium at the Kai Tak airport site.

Michael Choi Ngai-min also apologized for comments he made during the City Forum on Sunday, when he said about 70,000 flats could be built on the site if the stadium is delayed for two to three years. His comments drew outrage from sports leaders.

But Choi clarified yesterday that he does not want to malign the sports sector.

Among his new suggestions are building the stadium elsewhere, cutting its size in half and raising the plot ratio to 7.5 times for the housing plan to fit.

"Another proposal is to build housing on 20 of the 100 hectares of green zone in Kai Tak so the stadium can be retained," Choi said.

Victor Hui Chun-fui, vice president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, said many of those in the sports sector were infuriated about the rumored relocation of the stadium to Sunny Bay.

"Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reiterated his support for the sports complex following the London Olympics" after stressing during the elections he will back sports, Hui said.

"How could he gain the trust of people in the sports sector if he is not serious about sports development policies?"

Hui warned of protests if the sector could not reach a consensus with the government.

Sports, performing arts, culture and publication sector lawmaker Ma Fung- kwok said he will not accept doing away with the complex unless the government can put forward an alternative site that is acceptable.

"No government official has responded to rumors about the relocation of the complex," Ma said. "I will consult the sector officially and will support its actions if it decides to take to the streets against a relocation."

The Home Affairs Bureau said on Thursday that the project is progressing as planned and that it expects the stadium to be completed before 2020.

But on the same day the Development Bureau said there is room to rethink the density and arrangement in Kai Tak's development area though no decision has been made.

The Home Affairs Bureau changed its tone on Monday, with its spokesman saying the integrated sports facility requires detailed planning. It will consult the sports community and stakeholders to ensure the sports complex will suit the needs of the public, he added.
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LCQ1: Ancillary transport facilities for new cruise terminal
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Following is a reply by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, to a question by the Hon Paul Tse in the Legislative Council today (October 24):

Question:

Some residents in the vicinity of Kowloon East, the Kai Tak Development area and the new cruise terminal have expressed to me their concern whether there will be adequate ancillary transport facilities carrying tourists disembarking at the cruise terminal, which will be commissioned next year, to and from tourist and shopping areas. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the ancillary transport facilities under the latest plan for carrying tourists disembarking at the cruise terminal to various tourist and shopping areas; whether it has assessed if a large number of tourists disembarking and heading towards the various tourist and shopping areas at the same time will lead to traffic congestions in Kowloon East; if it has, of the assessment results;

(b) whether it has studied the provision of transport services which are more efficient than the existing ones to connect the cruise terminal and Lei Yue Mun, so as to make it convenient for tourists, boost the local economy and create more employment opportunities; whether the various improvement and beautification works in Lei Yue Mun can be completed in time before the commissioning of the cruise terminal for the enjoyment of the tourists; and

(c) whether it has studied the provision of water taxi services to enhance the accessibility of the Victoria Harbour by connecting the cruise terminal with the tourist spots as well as tourist and shopping areas on the two sides of the Victoria Harbour?

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The Government is committed to developing Hong Kong into a leading cruise hub in the Asia-Pacific region, and the new cruise terminal at Kai Tak Development (KTD) area is an important part of this strategy. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, to be commissioned shortly in mid-2013, can accommodate the world's largest cruise vessel. It is an iconic landmark at the Victoria Harbour and features a highly functional design. Its Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Police facilities will be able to clear a maximum of 3 000 passengers per hour. There will also be adequate provision of vehicle pick-up and drop-off areas as well as parking spaces. To tie in with the commissioning of the terminal, the Government will provide an access road to connect the cruise terminal with Cheung Yip Street at Kowloon Bay. In addition to the existing major trunk roads (including Kai Tak Tunnel and Kwun Tong Bypass), the Route 6 that is being planned (including the Central Kowloon Route and road connections at the KTD area) will also link the KTD area with East and West Kowloon. Furthermore, the Shatin-to-Central Link under construction will provide railway service for the KTD area.

My reply to the three parts of Honourable Tse's question is as follows:

(a) When a cruise vessel berths at a terminal, the cruise operator will typically make arrangements for its passengers to disembark in groups. The shipping agent or the shore excursion operator will then arrange coaches to carry the visitors between the cruise terminal and tourist spots. When the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal commences operation, the terminal operator will, together with the cruise operator and shore excursion operator concerned, work out in advance the necessary arrangements according to the passenger volume and berthing duration. This is to ensure that cruise passengers will disembark in an orderly manner and to avoid adding to the traffic load during peak hours.

The Government has conducted a traffic impact assessment of the cruise terminal on the nearby road network. The results indicated that upon the completion of the new road between the cruise terminal and Kowloon Bay as well as the modification works of some of the road junctions in Kowloon Bay, the road network would be able to cope with the traffic flow brought by the cruise terminal. The Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) is carrying out the above road and junction improvement works for completion before the commissioning of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The Government is also planning the next stage of road network development, with a view to enabling the vehicles leaving the cruise terminal to bypass Kowloon Bay and go directly to Kowloon West.

Moreover, the Government is also planning for the provision of public transport services to facilitate public access to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal based on the projected passenger flow by a consultancy study. According to the current projection, the Government is of the view that green minibus (GMB) service should suffice for the demand at this stage and is making plans for GMB service connecting the cruise terminal and Kowloon Bay MTR Station. After the commissioning of the remaining cruise berth and if there is demand, the Government will consider the need to increase public transport service at an appropriate juncture. Upon the commissioning of the cruise terminal, the Tourism Commission will continue to liaise actively with the cruise industry and work with relevant departments to provide quality ancillary facilities and services to incoming cruise vessels and their passengers.

(b) As mentioned in part (a) above, cruise operators usually engage shipping agents or shore excursion operators to arrange coaches for transporting visitors to and from the terminal and for joining shore excursion programmes, including those involving Lei Yue Mun. Visitors who do not join any shore excursion programme may take taxis or other public transport at the terminal to go to Lei Yue Mun.

Regarding the Lei Yue Mun enhancement works, the Government is planning to take forth the Lei Yue Mun Waterfront Enhancement Project (LYM Project). The scope of the Project includes the construction of a public landing facility, a breakwater and a waterfront promenade; the provision of several lookout points and streetscape improvement works along the footpath linking up the lookout points; as well as the construction of a new viewing platform, etc.

Gazettal for the marine works of the LYM Project was made in October 2009 under the Foreshore and Sea-bed (Reclamations) Ordinance by the CEDD. The relevant statutory procedures are still in progress. During the gazettal of the project works, we received views concerning the public hygiene situation in Lei Yue Mun. To meet the concern on sewerage problem, the Environmental Protection Department commissioned a consultant in late 2010 to explore possible interim and long-term measures for improving the sewerage handling facilities in the area. The consultant consulted the local community on its sewerage review report in March 2012. The local stakeholders generally agreed to the preferred options for the sewerage improvement schemes proposed by the consultant.

To ascertain the works details of the long-term sewerage scheme, the Drainage Services Department engaged a consultant to conduct a technical study in end September 2012. Subject to the consultant's confirmation on the works details of the sewerage scheme, we will expedite actions to complete the statutory procedures under the Foreshore and Sea-bed (Reclamations) Ordinance and to implement the project as soon as possible.

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is one of the major infrastructures under the KTD project. The LYM Project, which is a government measure to improve the district tourism facilities, is not part of the KTD project. While we will make the best endeavours to take forward the LYM Project, there is no direct link between the LYM Project and the timing of commissioning of the cruise terminal.

(c) The current KTD project has not made any provision for a ferry pier near the cruise terminal or water taxi services. Using railway as the backbone, the public transport system in Hong Kong has comprehensive arrangements by rail, land and sea for transportation across the Victoria Harbour. Indeed, the nature, operational mode, berthing facilities and regulatory framework of the existing water taxi services around the world are all different. Based on the local actual needs and unique environment, the Government needs to consider whether water taxis can be effectively operated in Hong Kong with regard to technology, operation, safety and legislation, etc., so that additional waterborne transport services could be provided to link up both sides of the Victoria Harbour and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Nevertheless, we understand that the cruise terminal operator intends to look into the feasibility of providing a pier near to the terminal to complement the cruise operation. We will actively consider the detailed proposal with the bureaux and departments concerned upon receipt of the same from the operator.
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HK cruise terminal named Kai Tak after former airport

HONG KONG, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The new cruise terminal being built at the end of the runway of the former Kai Tak Airport will officially be named Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced Tuesday.

A paper detailing the cruise terminal's progress was submitted to the Legislative Council Panel on Economic Development, noting the site would again serve as a transport hub for Hong Kong. The name was chosen to provide continuity to the area's identity, and to commemorate the former airport.

The government plans to commission the terminal building and the first berth in mid-2013. The first berth's concrete platform will be completed by the end of this year. Preparation work for the installation of passenger gangways at the first berth began at the end of this September, while the seawall and second berth are under construction.

The main terminal building structure has been substantially completed and the facade and interior are under construction.

To encourage cruise companies to include the terminal as a stop on their itineraries, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has launched a marketing and advertising fund which cruise operators will contribute to on a 50:50 basis, to encourage visits to Hong Kong. The tourism board will also organize a cruise forum for January 2013, focusing on itinerary development and regional cooperation.
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