All parties are aware of the trouble caused by school traffic. ISF and Cyberport have put additional staff on the street to help with managing the flow at crossings and laybys. Transport Department has drawn up a plan for a trial scheme banning ban right turns near the school to help the traffic flow better. It appears that more parents opt for private transport over the use of the school bus. This is not helpful.
[Updated on 9 Sep 2020]
To date over 640 residents signed the online petition. In response, the Queen Mary Hospital has proposed to swap the entrance and exit (click here for the presentation). Although this revision has merits, concerns remain over sightlines, footpath width, and queue length. Other concerns have emerged over passenger flows and (mini) bus stops. A resident, a senior engineer with deep experience in transport design, is volunteering time to review the plans. The New Block plans will have significant impact on a critical junction for Pokfulam. Residents with relevant expertise who wish to volunteer input on the revised plans for the QMH New Block entrance are invited to contact us at email@example.com .
Recently discovered plans show that vehicles entering and leaving Queen Mary Hospital’s New Block will impact Pok Fu Lam Road immediately at the slip road to Sassoon Road. Today as the 30 storey New Block is under construction, 4 traffic wardens make sure that traffic is managed safely. Unfortunately, we can’t expect the same service once the New Block starts operations (2024).
Since 2015 we have urged Queen Mary Hospital to use the former bus stop as a diverge to enter the New Block. The drawings we recently discovered show our warnings have been ignored. To enter, vehicles will have to come to a complete dead stop on Pok Fu Lam Road - right where buses, mini buses and private cars exit Pok Fu Lam Road to go to the bus stop, Sassoon Road, Bisney Road and the existing entrance to the hospital. During peak hours, one vehicle exits Pok Fu Lam Road here every 3 seconds. We have requested for the latest traffic impact assessment. We understand that at least 200 ambulances, trucks, and staff cars will use the new entrance every day.
Sign petition: Change the dangerous entrance at Queen Mary Hospital's New Block
We urge residents to let the Hospital Authority know that the entrance design of the New Block is unacceptable. The New Block – which is described as Asia’s tallest hospital structure – must make sure vehicles exit Pok Fu Lam Road quickly and smoothly.
You can click here to join our petition to the Hospital Authority.
Resurfacing of Victoria Road is done in sections. Baguio Villa entrance was completed last Saturday. We thank everybody for their patience. Other sections will follow in due course.
To improve traffic along Cyberport Road near Bel-Air Phase 4 – 6, Transport Department will make the following changes:
A recent video on Facebook shows a vehicle overtaking another vehicle endangering pedestrians on the crossing at Sandy Bay Road. We have reminded the Transport Department of our request for measures to slow down the traffic and to deter overtaking at the zebra crossings. Note that speed tables are not a standard practice in Hong Kong when a road is used by public transport. We hope to change that before someone gets badly hurt.
Complaints over road racing have been on the rise again. Detailed reports from residents and property managers indicating day, time, road section and direction were lodged with the Police. The black spots included Victoria Road and Pok Fu Lam Road. In response police conducted a series of operations last week and detained over 17 vehicles suspected of illegal modifications and issued over 200 speeding tickets. The officer in charge of the operation confirmed that operations are continuing. You can send your detailed reports, video and photographs of races to firstname.lastname@example.org
[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.