Ocean Park must deal with road congestion problems it caused

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 September, 2015, 5:30pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 September, 2015, 5:30pm

I continue to receive complaints about traffic congestion around Wong Chuk Hang, especially on weekends and holidays. Complaints of tailbacks to Causeway Bay and Repulse Bay and dramatic increases in journey times for those travelling through Southern district were reported again on August 23.

Since I joined Southern district council, I have had many discussions about traffic congestion and the manner in which Ocean Park handles tour coaches with the park's team led by chief executive Tom Mehrmann.

Often, MTR-related road works were blamed. This can no longer be an excuse as the relevant South Island Line works are predictable and well managed. On August 23, reportedly more than 1,000 coaches and 600 private vehicles went to and from Ocean Park, well beyond the capacity of the roads, and the available drop-off/pick-up facilities.

Residents are fed up with this irresponsible behaviour. Ocean Park must conduct its business without burdening its fellow residents in Southern district.

It has a social responsibility to manage its business with due respect of the capacity of the available infrastructure.

It must manage its group tour ticket sales procedures so that it controls the number of vehicles, and the parking of the coaches.

Also, it must manage the use of private vehicles with a mandatory pre-booking of car parking.

The management needs to organise its promotional activities in a responsible manner to avoid causing traffic congestion.

Ocean Park's board should seriously consider a change in management if the team keeps repeating its mantra that the above is too difficult to implement. I hope the team will take immediate and effective measures to deal with this problem.

Paul Zimmerman, Southern district councillor