The government’s proposal to raise toll fees at two of Hong Kong’s three harbour crossings, including the heavily used Cross-Harbour Tunnel, while lowering them at the third would have effectively evened out traffic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Four more years of crawling through tunnels: why Hong Kong must grin and bear it

  • The government’s withdrawal of the proposal to rationalise cross-harbour tunnel tolls in the face of legislator opposition only kicks the problem down the road
Topic |   Transport and logistics

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The government’s proposal to raise toll fees at two of Hong Kong’s three harbour crossings, including the heavily used Cross-Harbour Tunnel, while lowering them at the third would have effectively evened out traffic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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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
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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