Will consider extension

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 July, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to Ken Chan's letter, headlined 'No protection' (South China Morning Post, June 2), on the pedestrian facilities in Central.

Under the Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry Company Pier Development, there was supposed to be a bridge connecting the existing bridge structure outside Piers 3 and 4 and running eastwards to Pier 7, providing a continuous cover for pedestrians at street level.

Unfortunately, the plan has been withdrawn, leaving a time gap between developments.

As your reader may be aware, part of the area outside Piers 4 and 5 used to be a contractor's works area for the Central reclamation phase project. It is now paved and will be handed back to the Government.

Upon receipt of the pavement, the Government will consider extending the existing covered walkway to tie in with the bridge structure outside Piers 3 and 4 as an interim measure before any new development proposal comes up.

MARCO LO for Commissioner for Transport