Lonely Tung Chung fights for a better life

Tung Chung today, seen from the river. Photo: Nora Tam

Tung Chung was not designed for human beings. This is a common complaint from the area's poorer residents, who suffer most from the lack of amenities in the isolated new town.

Monday, 3 September, 2012, 11:35am

Letters to the Editor, August 30, 2012

Quality concerns over water in Dongjiang. Photo: SCMP

Bridge is likely to be a failure commercially

The decision to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge has been controversial, to say the least.

30 Aug 2012 - 2:40am

No going quietly when the mighty fall

It's a witch-hunt. It's a settling of scores.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

MTR fare formula must be reviewed

Public transport in Hong Kong is known for its efficiency and low fares. But that does not stop people complaining whenever an increase is in the pipeline. That is why a more transparent adjustment mechanism was introduced in 2007. Passengers were promised that a formula taking into account changes in inflation and transport workers' wages would enable increases as well as cuts.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Public taken for dangerous ride on escalator safety

The elderly, parents with baby carriages and commuters with luggage have been given little choice but to walk up and down steep, non-moving escalators at crowded Shenzhen subway stations since 340 Otis escalators at its 118 Metro stations were taken out of operation last Saturday.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Boy killed as subway escalator reverses

A 13-year old boy died and 30 were injured when an escalator suddenly reversed direction at a station on Beijing Subway's Line 4 yesterday morning. Two people remain in critical condition.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Underfoot marvels

Colour in the streets of Hong Kong is generally limited to neon signs and giant advertising billboards. More often than not, they seem like eyesores, rather than works of art.

And you certainly won't find much to marvel at underfoot.

Yet the very pavement we walk on could offer limitless possibilities for adding colour to our city.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Storm drain horror as worker swept to death

A worker died after he was swept away in a torrent of water as he inspected a storm drain during heavy rain early yesterday.

Fung Cheung-yau, 61, was carrying out an inspection with a surveillance camera in the drain beneath Kin Chuen Street, Kwai Chung, at about 2am when he was washed away.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

Government to review formula for MTR fares

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Two held for theft of manhole covers

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

2 injured as blast sends manhole covers flying

Two pedestrians were injured when an underground gas explosion blew three manhole covers into the air in Kwun Tong yesterday.

The blast sent one of the covers flying 2.5 metres and damaged a traffic light pole at the junction of Shung Yan Street and Hong Ning Road, the Fire Services Department said.

12 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Worker, 33, fights for life after falling into sewer

A drainage worker, 33, was fighting for his life last night after he lost balance, fell into a manhole and lost consciousness in a sewer in Wan Chai. A colleague, who went into the sewer in a rescue bid, inhaled an unknown gas and felt dizzy. He is stable. Both men are being treated in Ruttonjee Hospital.

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Manhole blast figures revealed

One worker was killed and seven people injured in six manhole explosions in the past five years, the Transport and Housing Bureau said. In a recent study the Highways Department recommended measures to reduce the risk of explosions, including sealing up ducts leading to manholes and improving ventilation.

11 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Tunnel vision

At the start of the 21st century, the Shanxi mountain village of Hougou seemed destined to waste away like so many rural hamlets on the mainland. It had few mineral resources to speak of, and farm harvests were usually poor because it lacked other water sources to supplement the region's scant rainfall.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

MTR fire highlights need for better contingency plans

I was on board the MTR train which had to stop in an underground tunnel ('Train fire forces 180 commuters to walk through tunnel to safety', August 8). After leaving Shau Kei Wan station I heard a sudden bang and saw smoke coming from the end of one carriage.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am