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.Monday, 18 February, 2013, 1:55am 2 comments
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
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
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
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