I refer to the letter from I. P. L. Png, headlined, 'Detoured' (Sunday Morning Post, November 19), concerning the lack of public parking spaces in the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence.
There are altogether nine parking spaces in the museum's car park, three of which are reserved for disabled visitors.
The remaining six spaces are for maintenance vehicles, refuse trucks and business visitors. Coach parking is available upon application and family visitors can be considered in special cases, that is, where there are elderly or disabled family members.
As the museum is located at a restored historical site, it was found to be impossible to develop a large car park, because of geographical constraints.
To improve public access, plans were devised before the museum opened in July, to install directional signposts along the pedestrian access from Shau Kei Wan MTR Station to guide visitors coming on foot (about a 12-minute walk).
Agreement has been reached with bus companies to re-route two bus lines for the convenience of our visitors and a free shuttle bus service is provided during weekends and public holidays to take visitors from Heng Fa Chuen MTR Station to the museum.
There are two public car parks in Heng Fa Chuen providing more than 150 parking spaces. Visitors can park their cars at Heng Fa Chuen and take our free shuttle bus which operates at 10-minute intervals during weekends and public holidays. The trip to the museum takes only five minutes.
We would like to apologise for your correspondent's unhappy experience and we will look into the possibility with the Transport Department, of providing metered parking in Tam Kung Temple Road, as suggested by I. P. L. Png.
Dr LOUIS C. W. NG
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence