Toll Tunnels

Letters to the Editor, April 10, 2013

Hong Kong's king of pop Leslie Cheung in 2000. Photo: AFP

The death of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven marks closure for a woman who galvanised not only her own generation, but those to come. Loathed and loved with equal passion, Thatcher herself prized one thing more than any other - the success of Britain for all its citizens.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 3:20am 3 comments

Just wave your toll goodbye at tunnels

The plan will do away with the need to stop and pay. Photo: Robert Ng

Contactless electronic payments may be accepted at toll tunnels and roads by 2016, under a new government proposal. However, there are fears the cost of the HK$45.5 million project to enable payment by Octopus and other smart cards will be passed on to the public.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:23am

Letters to the Editor, February 22, 2013

Energy-saving light bulbs contain toxins. Photo: SCMP

It was disappointing to find so decent a man as Bernard Chan defining his mandate so narrowly: "My committee already exists. It is the Council for Sustainable Development, and its task is to find ways to implement waste charges."

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

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

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

Tai Lam tunnel tolls rise

Tolls for cars and taxis using the Tai Lam Tunnel will be raised from $20 to $22 from April 1, the tunnel's operator announced. Tolls for motorcycles will go up $2 to $17 and for buses the charge will increase by $15 to $60.

15 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Rethink over free passage

A second free passage through the Western Harbour Tunnel may be cancelled after last Sunday's traffic chaos.

The Transport Department admitted yesterday another toll-free day to publicise the tunnel on May 18 might cause similar havoc unless more measures were taken to manage vehicles.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am

Anger as tunnel's toll-free day brings traffic to a halt

Traffic came to a standstill yesterday as tens of thousands of motorists took advantage of the Western Harbour Tunnel's no toll day.

The normal $30 rate was waived for 24 hours to encourage drivers to familiarise themselves with access and exit routes to the crossing, which opened last week.

5 May 1997 - 12:00am

Inflation fears on toll rise

LEGISLATORS fear drastic rates of increase in the Tate's Cairn Tunnel tolls will fuel inflation.

The tunnel company has submitted a proposal to the Government to increase tolls from $4 to $7 for cars, taxis and motorcycles, from $7 to $10 for light buses and light goods vehicles, and from $8 to $15 for medium and heavy goods vehicles and buses.

10 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Peak hour congestion

IT is not just the numbers of cars on Hong Kong roads that matters, but when and how people use them. Each morning I wait for the 260 bus at Shouson Hill, the last stop before the entrance to the Aberdeen Tunnel.

To amuse myself - small things amuse - between erratic bus arrivals I have taking to assessing the status of cars heading through the tunnel at peak hours.

14 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Open another tunnel toll booth

I WAS recently on board a private bus travelling from Tai Tam to Sheung Wan. Our driver went to Aberdeen Tunnel, assuming it was the fastest way.

27 Nov 1993 - 12:00am