Types of Roads

Crackdown on illegal use of highway project funds

The Ministry of Transport has begun a crackdown on misappropriation of funds meant to repay loans that were raised to build highway projects on the mainland.

Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am

Experts question need for speed in transport policy

Researchers from the mainland's top scientific institution have criticised some government officials' obsession with speed, calling for more resources to be allocated to the development of slower transportation.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Governments seek debt reprieve as road tolls cut

Local governments have asked Beijing to relax debt repayments for their highways, the indebtedness of which has caused the central government to slow down road construction.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Confusing signs the last thing city's drivers need

One of the fundamental ingredients of road safety is predictability. So long as traffic rules are consistent, and road users and pedestrians adhere to those rules consistently, the movements of pedestrians and vehicles become predictable and therefore easier to anticipate.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Pedestrians lose ground as railings turn footpaths into obstacle courses

It's midweek in Mong Kok and two pedestrians try to push their way through a mass of people on Dundas Street.

One of the pair glances at the grey metal fence along the pavement that stops him from escaping the crush by stepping into the road or crossing the street.

'What a hassle,' he says. 'That thing is such a pain.'

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Demand for answers as gridlock returns

The recurrence of massive traffic congestion northwest of Beijing - said to be the longest tailback in the world - has prompted state media to start pointing the finger of blame.

With vehicles taking several days to travel a 120-kilometre stretch, the focus turned to calls for official apologies and explanations for what has caused gridlock on such a scale.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Officials must take action to curb street vendors' obstructions

As a regular visitor to Hong Kong, I cannot believe that business owners are openly defying officials whose responsibility it is to try to ensure that these businesses operate within the appropriate laws. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of the public.

18 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Greed rules, and the people are made to pay

Mainland authorities are fond of being called 'the people's government', and their most famous motto is to 'serve the people'. But these days, their chief mission appears to be to 'charge the people'.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Non-vital signs

On the Tsing Kwai Highway heading towards Lantau Island, as you approach Tsing Yi, you pass beneath a couple of large electronic road signs that were, presumably, designed to warn of problem conditions ahead; poor visibility or a crash, perhaps.

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

26b yuan set aside for road debts and jobs for laid-off toll workers

Beijing will give 26 billion yuan (HK$29.5 billion) a year to provincial governments to help them pay off unpaid highway construction debts and find jobs for toll gate workers who will be made redundant by national fuel-tax reforms.

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Sai Kung residents divided over plans to increase traffic flow

Residents, indigenous villagers and businesspeople disagreed sharply at a forum yesterday on how much traffic is appropriate for Sai Kung.

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

High levy a poor excuse for delaying electronic toll

Any road scheme that can reduce traffic and air pollution is bound to enjoy extensive support. Survey after survey has shown people are prepared to support tough measures - and pay for them - to improve the environment.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Roadworks misery for 3 more years

String of excavations scheduled for busy Central and Western thoroughfares

Residents, businesses and motorists in a busy Central area - already plagued by noise, dust and congestion from a string of excavations - face more of the same and worse for at least three more years.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Truck's 100-metre oil spill snarls up traffic

A truck leaked lubrication oil on the Island Eastern Corridor in Causeway Bay yesterday, causing traffic jams that stretched as far as Western and Aberdeen for 31/2 hours.

The truck's tank started to leak on the slow lane of the east-bound carriageway outside Victoria Park shortly before 10am. Police said the driver, 40, immediately pulled over.

19 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Is roadworks project heading in the wrong direction?


A billion-dollar road project will do one of two things - ease the city's increasingly unbearable traffic congestion or turn the region into a motoring mess.

The C$3 billion (HK$21.74 billion) Gateway Programme is a planned gigantic road expansion from the eastern tip of the city to Fraser Valley where much of the growing population has settled.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am