Traffic Congestion

Beijing still struggling to deal with traffic congestion

Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guomao Bridge in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

China’s capital, Beijing, has been notorious for serious traffic congestion for so long that netizens call it “Shoudu” - capital of traffic jams. The city’s problems do not seem to be improving in the past year - despite repeated measures to limit vehicle numbers.

Thursday, 22 August, 2013, 2:53pm 2 comments

Tsim Sha Tsui congestion unacceptable

Traffic jam at Hung Hom Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Felix Wong

I note that Shalom Levy ("HK risks being held hostage to Occupy Central troublemakers", May 31) gives his address as Tsim Sha Tsui. Does he ever go out?

11 Jun 2013 - 1:44am 4 comments

Road pricing is the best way to go

Traffic is heavily congested from Central to Hong Kong Island east. Photo: Ricky Chung

All too often we are reminded of worsening congestion or pollution on our roads. The latest example concerns both. The Transport Department says private car ownership in Hong Kong rose 25 per cent in a decade to 63.4 cars per 1,000 people last year, while the length of road per person rose by only 1.7 per cent in the same period.

11 Jun 2013 - 1:43am 3 comments

Selfish car owners should be taught a costly lesson

John Tsang Chun-wah. Photo: David Wong

We can't ban them, but nothing says we can't hit them hard. So why aren't we doing it? We have a gutless government. Tiny, overcrowded and polluted Hong Kong now has more than 500,000 private cars clogging our narrow streets.

That's outrageous when we have one of the world's best transport systems. Nobody needs a car here. Hongkongers own cars just for the sake of it.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am 9 comments

Bicycles part of the transport solution

Bicycles part of the transport solution

Hong Kong boasts some of the world's most efficient and cleanest public transport systems. Given how small our city is compared to many major world cities, there is rarely a real need to own a car.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 5 comments

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.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 2 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

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

China Digest, January 9, 2013

More than 10,000 of the capital's 66,000 taxi drivers refuse to work morning and afternoon rush hours, because profits are severely affected by traffic jams, People's Daily reports, citing its own investigation. 

9 Jan 2013 - 6:10am 1 comment

Get more cars out of busy city roads

Photo: Dickson Lee

The suggestion of charging a road toll to ease traffic congestion in areas of Hong Kong is not new.

Despite discussions over 30 years, the government has stopped short of adopting such a policy when faced with objections by groups such as the transport sector.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am 2 comments

Beijing vows to battle road congestion

Beijing vows to battle traffic congestion by supporting the development of environmentally friendly urban transport systems.

The central government pledged to relieve pressure on the nation's congested roads by supporting the development of environmentally friendly urban transport systems and encouraging measures that may include a ban on parking in some areas.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am

Four new subway lines open in Beijing

The ornately decorated Dongsi station on the newly-opened Subway Line 6 in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing put four subway lines and extensions into operation yesterday as part of the capital's efforts to expand its public urban transport network and ease traffic congestion.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am 1 comment

Q&A: Chinese American entrepreneurs offer carpooling solution to Beijing's traffic jams

Cars move slowly on the 2nd Ring Road in the early morning of a very foggy day in Beijing on Oct. 26, 2012. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

Traffic congestion, vehicle exhaust pollution and rising fueling prices may be the biggest nightmare for Beijing’s 20 million residents. But for three Chinese Americans, they are a big business opportunity.

26 Dec 2012 - 10:00pm 2 comments