Following our campaign to speed up the implementation of electronic payment at tunnels, we have been informed that these facilities will be installed at seven government tunnels starting 2017, with Aberdeen Tunnel and Cross Harbour Tunnel early 2018; and the Eastern Harbour Crossing early 2019. We have now written separately to the private operator of the Western Tunnel Crossing asking them to commit to the provision of e-payment services.
[Updated on 16 March 2017]
While drivers have responded positively to the proposal to move the bus stop, we have collected many views from the bus passengers that the proposed location is inconvenient, and importantly that it can’t be combined with the 58M stop.
We are now liaising with the Bel-Air Owners Committee on the proposal for Government to construct a lay-by. This would involve more cost and time. In case a relocation of the bus stop is required for the works, it would be temporary.
Government will not install roadside convex mirrors. The Transport Department's stance is (correctly) that these mirrors distort images and make it difficult to judge travelling speed. They do not support the use along public roads. The mirrors you do see are installed 'unofficially' by property owners and managers to improve sightlines.
I took the liberty of installing a mirror at the junction of Bisney Road and Crown Terrace because the visibility is blocked, the travelling speeds are low, there was a pole available and splitting the responsibility between different buildings would be cumbersome.
I’m aware that some residents of Upper Baguio want to put one at their junction with Victoria Road. They need to consider that there is no obvious hanging point.
Online survey Findings 網上意見調查報告
意見調查日期 Survey period
29/2/2016 - 15/3/2016
135 responses were received. 期間共收到135份回覆。
Thank you for completing our survey on Electronic Road Pricing.
The Pokfulam community appears evenly split: 45.9% of the respondents supported the scheme whilst 48.2% opposed.
We submitted the findings to Government and pointed out that there are significant concerns over the service levels of the bus and minibus services Pokfulam relies without an MTR.
As a result residents continue to use private transport and are concerned over the impact electronic road pricing might have.
[17 March 2016]
The government is consulting the public on its proposed pilot scheme for electronic road pricing in Central. (Click here for the public engagement document).
The deadline for comments is 18 March 2016.
Do you support the proposal? Object? Any views on the details? You can write to Government directly, or take part in my online survey (link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GX9WDJM). My office will consolidate and report the Pokfulam responses to the government.
In the meantime, below please find my personal view as published in Southside magazine – in short I propose there is no charging for the use of Connaught/Gloucester Road Corridor, but for the use of the inner areas only.
Let me know your views.