Build MTR line for Sai Kung instead of bridge to nowhere

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 May, 2010, 12:00am

I recently came across a webpage from the Civil Engineering and Development Department on the Tseung Kwan O cross-bay link which seems to be in the advanced stages of planning.

The plan is impressive and will provide a 1.8- kilometre-long dual carriageway bridge between Tseung Kwan O and Lohas Park across Junk Bay.

It is designed to carry the projected traffic flow generated from future populations in new developments planned near Junk Bay and Lohas Park.

I am a long-time resident of Sai Kung and regular user of the Tseung Kwan O MTR line.

Knowing how few people use the Lohas Park extension, I was surprised by this massive civil engineering undertaking. At present, there are no developments in Junk Bay except for the high-end Lohas Park. It seems to be a bridge to nowhere.

While I applaud the government's future planning, I have to ask if it is right to a build a bridge to nowhere for future residents, when the current residents of Sai Kung suffer with a single road to Tseung Kwan O along Hiram's Highway and Clear Water Bay Road?

The population of the Sai Kung area is projected to increase by some 60,000 residents in the next five to 10 years and many of these people will have cars.

We need a sustainable infrastructure for Sai Kung.

Therefore, I would suggest that our money could be better spent building an MTR system to Sai Kung and a tunnel through the mountains to link the Sai Kung area with the Choi Hung or Tseung Kwan O MTR stations, which would take traffic off the road.

Some people say such a rail system is not economically feasible, but you cannot tell me that the Tseung Kwan O cross-bay link is economically feasible.

Surely it would be better for the government to spend our money on current problems than throw huge amounts at future problems.

Tim Hallworth, Sai Kung