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  1. Better ferries cited as way to ease tunnel jam

    Posted Apr 19th 2005, 12:00am by Alex Lo, Elaine Wu

    ... in the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and increase patronage of the other two more expensive tunnels. In an apparent reversion to the 1960s when car-carrying ferries were the main cross-harbour mode for motorists, transport officials submitted the unusual idea ahead of the May 1 toll increase at the Eastern Harbour Tunnel. Other proposals for the Causeway Bay tunnel include raising the tolls; imposing ...

  2. A promising solution to inequitable tunnel tolls

    Posted Dec 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Officials are finally moving to address the uneven distribution of traffic among our tunnels. The topic is set to spark a lively debate when it is discussed by the Legislative Council's transport panel on Monday. The crux of the problem with our tunnels is that they were built at different times under varying economic conditions. Of the three crossings, the Cross-Harbour ...

  3. Buying up tunnels is back on the agenda

    Posted Mar 18th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu The $11b acquisition would help ease cross-harbour traffic congestion Transport officials are exploring the possibility of buying the Eastern and Western harbour tunnels- estimated to cost $11 billion- in a bid to ease traffic congestion. News of the move comes ahead of a toll increase at the Eastern tunnel but officials stress it is only one of many options being ...

  4. The way forward

    Posted May 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung With a 70 per cent rise in toll charges at the Eastern Harbour Tunnel coming into effect yesterday, there is a great worry that this will force many motorists to switch to the already heavily used Cross-Harbour Tunnel, worsening the congestion there. Last week, the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau listed 12 possible options for a long-term solution. At present, ...

  5. Operators governed by different rules on raising tolls

    Posted Mar 18th 2005, 12:00am by Joseph Lo

    ... Joseph Lo The Western Harbour Tunnel Company is allowed to automatically increase tolls each year- but only if government audits find revenue for the year is lower than the amount contractually allowed. This contrasts with the Eastern Harbour Tunnel, for which a more complicated application procedure to increase tolls is required, involving approval from the Transport Advisory ...

  6. Cross-Harbour Tunnel solution a year off

    Posted May 12th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu A long-term solution to easing congestion at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel is unlikely to surface for at least a year when studies have been completed and officials have reached an agreement, according to a source. Transport officials and executives of eastern and western tunnel companies are to meet later this month to discuss some of the 12 options the government has proposed ...

  7. Tunnel vision

    Posted Oct 14th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires It seemed like a sensible idea- dig a tunnel beneath central Sydney to relieve the traffic congestion clogging the city's streets. After years of planning and A$680 million ($3.98 billion) in construction costs, the Cross City Tunnel opened to great fanfare at the end of August. Having unveiled it, urban planners sat back in the confident expectation ...

  8. High fees in a deflationary cycle drive commuters away

    Posted May 05th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... C.K. Lau In 1995, the government proposed raising the toll for private cars at the Cross Harbour Tunnel to $30, but angry legislators rejected the move as a ploy to make the charges at the other tunnels look less expensive. By now, financial analysts say the toll, first set at $5 when the tunnel opened in 1972, should be $36, just to keep pace with inflation. The cost has been ...

  9. Tunnel firm defends toll rise

    Posted Jul 28th 2005, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Felix Chan The operator of Tai Lam Tunnel has claimed possible rises in interest payments as one of the main reasons for its recent toll increase that legislators are calling on the government to overturn. Route 3 says that while its financial results have improved in recent years, rising interest rates would make its position 'far more vulnerable'. The tunnel, which ...

  10. Minister defends option of buying tunnels

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

    ... Elaine Wu The financial services minister yesterday defended the possible purchase of the harbour tunnels and acknowledged that the move ran counter to small government. Frederick Ma Si-hang's comments mark the first time a minister has outlined the gulf between government policy and any attempt to buy the tunnels. 'On a macro policy level, we have said all along ...




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