Free-for-all lane would exacerbate pollution

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 December, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 December, 2001, 12:00am

I have lived in Caine Road for more than 20 years and have always been more than happy to use public transport.

Residents enjoy an efficient bus and minibus service, or they can take the escalator to Central.

The west-to-east lane is open to all vehicles, but for many years the east-to-west lane was restricted to buses and minibuses from 7am to 7pm on weekdays. That changed in September, when officials opened it to all traffic, under a trial period until the end of this month.

I am a motorist and never objected to it being a bus-only lane. I was always willing to make a detour.

If after the trial period, the lane remains open to all traffic, this will lead to a deterioration of our environment.

I can already smell petrol fumes in my living room and the noise pollution level in the area has been unacceptable for a number of years.

Why would the Government consider doing away with this bus-only lane when elsewhere in Hong Kong it is encouraging pedestrianisation?

Mid-Levels is no longer the pleasant residential area it once was.

The politicians who urged the opening of this bus lane to all traffic are showing little vision when it comes to policymaking.

I urge the relevant government department to think very carefully about the price Caine Road residents will have to pay if the bus-only lane is not restored after the trial period ends.