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Old May 24th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #61
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Here's a nice little map of the Central Wan Chai bypass...

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Old May 30th, 2009, 06:57 PM   #62
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Opinion : Electronic road pricing is not the solution for new bypass
26 May 2009
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The Central-Wan Chai bypass has finally been given the go-ahead. Your editorial ("Bypass will cut jams - if we charge to use roads", May 22) says the approval should not be the end of the matter. You argue it has to be the spur for development of a comprehensive strategy for traffic flow in Hong Kong - with electronic road pricing at its heart.

Your editorial says at peak times the streets of Central are clogged, considerably lengthening travel times and charging for road use will convince a proportion of drivers to use public transport instead.

But as Central is the central business district of Hong Kong one can't imagine that people would simply drive there purposelessly. Obviously, vehicles go there because of a genuine business need and they will still go there - electronic road pricing or not - if the area remains the central business district.

Also, one can't imagine making commercial deliveries to Central by public transport, or chairmen of multinational companies coming down from The Peak to their offices at Central by bus, because of road charges. I tend to agree with the official argument that drivers heading for destinations beyond central business district would be unfairly penalised because they had no alternative but to use its streets. Building the bypass, which will go underground near the Two IFC office tower, eliminates this problem and hence road pricing would not be required.

When the bypass was adequately designed to divert unrelated traffic away from Central without the need for road pricing such a "highwayman's charge" was not even in the equation for reducing traffic congestion in Central. As such, what exactly is the motive to link electronic road pricing with the bypass?

Your editorial acknowledges that "road pricing has been controversial in most cities where it has been put in place". Why does Hong Kong now have to play "catch-up"? Do we really need to "keep up with the Joneses", irrespectively?

The bypass aims to reduce congestion but will achieve a minimal reduction in jams in other districts. Some other appropriate solutions are needed but not necessarily road pricing.

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Old June 5th, 2009, 03:38 PM   #63
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Chek Lap Kok may lose last natural coast for bridge project
4 June 2009
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Chek Lap Kok airport island will lose its last piece of natural coast if the latest plan for a road to the bridge linking Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai goes ahead.

The Town Planning Board has been asked by the government to set aside the coastal protection area zoning for the 3 hectare strip of land on the island to enable the area to be reclaimed. This is among several rezoning requests for Chek Lap Kok that will be considered tomorrow.

According to a paper submitted to the board, about 1 hectare of the protection area would be replaced by a road connecting the bridge and a checkpoint. About 7,000 square metres would be used for a backup area for maintaining the linking road while 1.4 hectares would become landscaped buffers between the road and Dragonair Tower and CNAC Tower at the airport.

The coastal protection area was originally zoned to preserve a piece of the natural landscape of Chek Lap Kok island, which was flattened and massively extended to build the airport in the 1990s.

A source at the Planning Department said the original alignment of the linking road - a bridge connecting Tung Chung to the airport island - did not affect the coastline. But the alignment was changed after strong opposition from residents of Tung Chung, who said the bridge would be an eyesore.

Alan Leung Sze-lun, senior conservation officer of WWF, urged the government to explore alternative options to save the island's last piece of natural coast.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 07:36 PM   #64
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Old June 24th, 2009, 07:23 PM   #65
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Driver jailed for crash that killed 19
Judge gives longest term possible for Sai Kung bus tragedy - 3 years and 4 months

20 June 2009
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A judge sentenced a driver who crashed a tour bus in Sai Kung last year, killing 19 people and injuring 43, to three years and four months in jail yesterday, acknowledging that victims' families would consider it a light sentence.

The families and survivors expressed their disapproval of the sentence outside the court.

Hung Ling-kwok, 33, had pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death in relation to the accident on May 1. Deputy District Judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on said he had taken the maximum sentence of five years as a starting point and reduced it in acknowledgement of Hung's admission of guilt.

Mr Kwok suspended Hung's licence for three years and ordered him to resit a certification exam before driving buses again.

"I understand that families of the victims will believe it's too light, but according to the rules at that time, it is the highest sentence possible," Mr Kwok said. "Even adding on a few more years could not compensate you for the pain you suffered. I hope after this sentencing you can move on and start anew."

Legislation that came into effect on July 4 last year set the punishment for dangerous driving causing death at five to 10 years. Mr Kwok told Hung to consider himself lucky to be punished under the old law, which set the maximum at five.

Hung was driving down New Hiram's Highway with 61 worshippers from the Japanese religious group Shinji Shumeikai to the organisation's Sai Kung headquarters when the tour bus toppled over onto a noise barrier at the Nam Pin Wai roundabout.

Hung, who had 10 years' driving experience, including four with the same type of bus, was in the wrong gear and had not used the throttle or exhaust brake, as an experienced bus driver should have, to slow the vehicle as it descended the hill to the roundabout, Mr Kwok said. Instead, he had used the brake, as if driving a car.

The judge also criticised Hung for ignoring warning signs, including three calls by one passenger to slow down. Although passengers had said they smelled smoke and one had seen a warning light blinking on the dashboard, Hung had not responded to those signs, he said.

This was an "extremely horrific and serious" accident and the worst of its kind, he said.

The front of the bus had been severely damaged, the windscreen and windows shattered, and the blood all over the bus and the noise barrier indicated just how grisly it had been.

In mitigation, Priscilia Lam Tsz-ying said Hung was extremely remorseful, had developed post-traumatic stress disorder and had contemplated suicide.

Hung's mother would lose his financial and emotional support after he was imprisoned.

Hung admitted that he had made serious errors, but once he had realised there was a problem, he had made attempts to avoid catastrophe by applying the handbrake and swerving to avoid cars, Ms Lam said.

Hung asked for the families' forgiveness through Ms Lam and said he hoped that his imprisonment would give them the chance to start anew. Hung had four traffic violations, including two for careless driving, in 1998 and 2003. He had no criminal record.

Because of the crash, the authorities have installed a range of devices and adjusted the hillside road descending to the roundabout to encourage drivers to slow down before they reach the area.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #66
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Protected coastal area to make way for road
6 June 2009
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The Town Planning Board has approved a rezoning request that paves the way for reclamation of a coastal protection area adjoining Chek Lap Kok airport.

The area is to be used for the construction of a road that will link the airport to the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge.

The decision has angered green groups and the Association for Geoconservation, which said it had not been informed of plans for the reclamation and that all possible alternatives should be considered.

Under the government's plan, the coastal protection area located east of the airport island will be rezoned to provide for construction of the link road and associated works. The new road will also link the main section of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge to a new border checkpoint to the north of the airport.

The area earmarked for road building incorporates a natural coastline about 2km long that was originally zoned for preservation and not development.

Cheng Ting-ning, Highways Department project manager for the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge, told the board yesterday that the department had considered a few options but they had been either too costly or opposed by Tung Chung residents. One option, a tunnel running north of the airport, would cost an extra HK$13 billion, Mr Cheng said, adding it would also impose constraints on a third airport runway.

If the proposed highway were in a tunnel, it would run for 10km, which might raise safety concerns, he said. Another option - a viaduct from the hill at the island's southern tip to the new border checkpoint - had been rejected by Tung Chung residents citing air, visual and noise pollution concerns.

An Association for Geoconservation spokesman said: "The government is removing a unique character of the city's airport. The coastline under protection is a lowland and suitable for walks. It can be enhanced and turned into a recreational spot for airport staff, Tung Chung residents and visitors to hotels nearby."

The association urged the government to consider offshore reclamation for the road, without destroying the coastline. That option would also create a lagoon between the shore and the road, which would add recreational value to the site.

WWF senior conservation officer Alan Leung Sze-lun urged the government to study other options, adding that the conservation body would object to the present proposal and submit an alternative.
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Animated rendering of Route 8


A 30 minute time lapse of a 30km bus ride from Tuen Mun in the New Territory west to Wong Tai Sin in the Eastern Kowloon in just 6.5 minutes.
KMB 258D via Tuen Mun Road, Ting Kau Bridge, Cheung Tsing Tunnel, Tsing Kwai Highway, Ching Cheung Road and Lung Cheung Road.


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Nice. The Tuen Mun highway reconstruction is going to be a huge pain given much of it is (bridge) suspended and over rugged terrain.
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Nice. The Tuen Mun highway reconstruction is going to be a huge pain given much of it is (bridge) suspended and over rugged terrain.
It's going to be engineering marvel of Hong Kong.
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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #78
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Special view from my hotel's window, never seen something like this. Love HK!
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ah, and this one, 7 pm in HK...does they know what is traffic jam?!

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ah, and this one, 7 pm in HK...does thay know what is traffic jam?!
Not at this particular cross harbour tunnel you were standing at...
but congestion happens everyday at the other cross harbour tunnel about 4km to the east in Causeway Bay/Hung Hum which tolls are about 50% cheaper than this one.
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