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  1. Tunnel buyback still one option to beat unequal use of crossings

    Posted Oct 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip Buying back either of the two private cross-harbour tunnels from their operators remained an option to be considered by the government, the transport minister said yesterday. A consultancy study to identify measures to improve traffic distribution between the three tunnels- the government-owned Cross Harbour Tunnel, the Western Harbour Crossing and the Eastern Harbour ...

  2. Eastern tunnel toll rise can only worsen our congestion problems

    Posted Sep 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it when travelling to western areas of Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. This would undoubtedly alleviate the congestion problems at the Hung Hom end of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Surely the western ... the congestion worse at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. What seems to have been overlooked is that the eastern and western tunnel operators entered into an agreement to provide a public service. Of course, ...

  3. Harbour tunnel fees must balance off queues

    Posted Sep 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a danger to anyone else although they would be technically breaking the law. We are talking about the time- and money-wasting, polluting traffic queues caused by Cross-Harbour Tunnel congestion, while two nearby tunnels remain underused. The inexplicable dysfunction of this city's huge investment in a three-tunnel, cross-harbour traffic solution will not change so long as the gap ...

  4. Standard tunnel tolls can restore traffic sanity

    Posted Aug 04th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... the deals with the consortiums. When the operating franchise agreement of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel expired in 1999, the government assumed control. The Eastern Harbour Tunnel and Western Harbour ... a redistribution of cross-harbour traffic, it has also prompted the other two tunnels to raise tolls. At present, these two tunnels are operating beyond the maximum threshold of 78,500 vehicles per day. ...

  5. Time to end gridlock on tunnel traffic

    Posted Jan 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Heated debates have gone on for years about how to equalise traffic across all three cross-harbour tunnels. Yet virtually each day, most cars still gravitate towards the Cross-Harbour ... The toll increases will probably send more traffic towards the already-congested Cross-Harbour Tunnel. But it is hard to see how it could take more vehicles when it has already reached saturation. ...

  6. Minister defends option of buying tunnels

    Posted Mar 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... at the government-owned Cross-Harbour Tunnel after the operator of the Eastern Harbour Tunnel announced a 67 per cent toll increase that will push more traffic onto the central crossing. Mr Ma said buying the eastern and western tunnels or selling the Cross-Harbour Tunnel were possibilities the bureau had to study carefully. He said the government was allowed to sell the Cross-Harbour Tunnel according ...

  7. Tunnel vision takes its toll

    Posted Apr 21st 2005, 12:00am by Tony Latter

    ... Tony Latter The pattern of usage of the three cross-harbour road tunnels, with one bursting and the others half empty, is a sorry state of affairs. The government must take the blame ... be recovered from the users through taxation. The tunnels were intended to facilitate cross-harbour road travel and, by this formula, the public benefit would be maximised. In reality, however, ...

  8. Tunnels turmoil takes its toll

    Posted Mar 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The arrangements for the three cross-harbour tunnels make little sense. It would be easy to believe they had been devised with the intention of creating a traffic gridlock in the heart of the city. That has certainly been the result. Every day, long queues form at either end of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, which stretches from Causeway Bay to Hunghom. More than 120,000 vehicles pass ...

  9. Government can raise toll and revenue by revisiting tunnel vision

    Posted May 04th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the government resumed ownership of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and decided forthwith to double tolls for private cars to $20. The paper was also forthright about another reason for it- 'The ... the money. But if raising tolls on the Cross-Harbour Tunnel made sense on traffic management grounds in 1999, it does so even more now. With the eastern crossing's tolls now up to $25 a car, how ...

  10. letters

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the three cross-harbour tunnels will worsen if the Eastern tunnel ups its fee. People are price-sensitive- there is no doubt they will choose the cheapest way to reach their destination. Most will use the Cross-Harbour Tunnel which will see longer queues while the other two tunnels remain underused. Valuable time will be wasted and air pollution will also worsen around the Cross-Harbour ...




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