Cross-Harbour Tunnel

Move to cut tunnel traffic congestion

The congested Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Photo: Dickson Lee

There is a lot of talk again about the congestion at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Some of this congestion can be easily prevented, as I have suggested numerous times to the tunnel's management.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 3:16am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 2, 2013

Former lawyer Warwick Reid. Photo: The Bay of Plenty Times

I disagree with the letters by Cherry Yau ("Containers are not suitable living spaces", February 26) and Lau On-yin ("Another from of substandard housing", February 26).

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Letters to the Editor, February 19, 2013

Pull-up ads like this abound on the streets. Photo: David Wong

The English Schools Foundation's intended change of its admission system is procedural and not substantive. ("ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers", February 5).

19 Feb 2013 - 5:26am 27 comments

Debate on tunnel tolls long overdue

A proposal to increase toll at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel to ease congestion was released for public consultation. Photo: Dickson Lee

It may be a coincidence that the proposed toll increases aimed at easing congestion at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel were released for public consultation two days ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. As expected, the three highly controversial options tabled by the government have so far not generated much discussion. Now that the festive mood is fading, it is time we gave the proposals some serious consideration. Congestion goes beyond the nuisance of getting stuck in traffic. The economic losses arising from long journeys and emissions from slow-moving vehicles have huge implications. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to get it right.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 2 comments

Let government run Hong Kong's transport system

The Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Government should be in the driving seat to ease congestion and lower costs. Photo: Dickson Lee

Plans for toll rises to ease cross-harbour traffic congestion have been badly received, as expected. The fundamental principle of the three options is to raise charges for the popular Cross-Harbour Tunnel and reduce tolls for the Eastern Harbour Tunnel.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 2 comments

Plans for toll rises to cut queues at Cross-Harbour Tunnel revealed

Plans for toll rises to cut queues at Cross-Harbour Tunnel revealed

Three options for toll increases at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel have been proposed that could ease peak-hour congestion by up to 40 per cent. The options were detailed in a government consultation document released yesterday.

11 Feb 2013 - 11:03am 2 comments

Cross-harbour tolls must tackle all traffic, experts say

Traffic experts are assessing how adjusting toll charges could divert traffic to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel (left) from the congested Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hung Hom (right). Photo: Dickson Lee

Of the three options for adjusting tunnel tolls to ease cross-harbour congestion, the one which exempts public transport will be the most popular, but not most effective, experts have warned.

Truck drivers have also signalled opposition to any rise in their tolls, especially if buses were exempted.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment

Cross-harbour tunnel traffic reduction plans unveiled

The government unveiled three plans to cut congestion at the Hung Hom Cross-Harbour Tunnel on Friday. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government on Friday unveiled three plans to cut congestion at the Hung Hom Cross-Harbour Tunnel, aiming to reduce through traffic by 30 to 40 per cent.

The plans all involve diverting traffic by raising the toll at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and cutting it at the Eastern Harbour Crossing.

8 Feb 2013 - 5:41pm 2 comments

Action soon on plan to cut congestion at Cross-Harbour Tunnel

Central-Wan Chai Bypass Tunnel at Wan Chai East

Plans for a one-year trial aimed at cutting congestion in the Cross-Harbour Tunnel will be published for public consultation "very soon", a source said.

It is intended to raise tolls in the tunnel, from Hung Hom to Causeway Bay, and reduce the cost of using the Eastern Harbour Crossing, from Quarry Bay to Cha Kwo Ling.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:04am 7 comments

Government needs to do a better job justifying tunnel toll rise

Long queues are seen in Cross Harbour Tunnel Toll Plaza Bus Stops in Hung Hom. Photo: May Tse

Toll increases are never popular. In a price-sensitive city like Hong Kong, any step to charge more is likely to be greeted with a public outcry. In the case of the congested Cross-Harbour Tunnel, however, an increase to help ease the heavy traffic is perhaps justified.

27 Jan 2013 - 9:11am 1 comment

Action at last on harbour tunnel woes

The government proposed to adjust tolls to ease congestion in the Cross Habour Tunnel. Photo: Ricky Chung

Two years after a consultant suggested ways to ease congestion in the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, the government finally seems to be taking action.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Cross-harbour tunnel tolls may be tweaked to ease traffic congestion

Tunnel toll tweaks eyed to ease jams

Drivers could face a HK$5 increase in the toll for the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, with a corresponding HK$5 reduction for the Eastern Harbour Tunnel, in a plan designed to ease traffic congestion.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:32am

Tunnel vision

Massive modern bridges connect various points of Hong Kong's coastline. The enormous Tsing Ma Bridge, which towers over the Kap Shui Mun channel to link the city with Chek Lap Kok airport, is the most immediately recognisable example.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Congestion fee best way to clear roads

Drivers expect traffic to flow smoothly, but are unenthusiastic when it is suggested that they be charged to use roads to ease gridlock and reduce air pollution. A recent announcement by Shenzhen authorities that a congestion fee will be introduced in 2016 was, unsurprisingly, met with displeasure.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fun beyond the scrum

As Causeway Bay becomes the latest location seeing a rise in business centre openings, office workers new to the area will find there's more to the district than bustling retail outlets and crowded streets.

Given the area's numerous facilities, it's no surprise that as more serviced offices vie for business there, it's also becoming a popular place to live.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am