The roads leading to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel are choked with traffic around 8am. Congestion pricing has operated effectively in cities like Singapore and London but Hong Kong has failed to move forward. Photo: Edmond So
Ian Brownlee
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Opinion

Ian Brownlee

Hong Kong has blown its chance to sell the public on congestion pricing, and won’t get another soon

  • The administration fixated on pushing through the tunnel tolls plan, instead of discussing the environmental rationale behind congestion charging
  • Now it has lost that fight and seems to be getting cold feet over road pricing in Central

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The roads leading to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel are choked with traffic around 8am. Congestion pricing has operated effectively in cities like Singapore and London but Hong Kong has failed to move forward. Photo: Edmond So
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If the definition of a developed society is one where rich people take public transport, Hong Kong remains backward, socially as well as technologically. Photo: Winson Wong
Philip Bowring
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Opinion

Philip Bowring

The rich in Hong Kong don’t take public transport. No wonder our road policies are a mess

  • The government’s inability to tackle our transport problems, from road congestion and illegally parked cars to the protectionist taxi trade and haphazard system of tunnel tolls, comes down to this: the upper classes, including senior bureaucrats, love their cars

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If the definition of a developed society is one where rich people take public transport, Hong Kong remains backward, socially as well as technologically. Photo: Winson Wong
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