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「西九龍交通影響評估報告」政府不想你知道的: 14.6億的額外投資

十二月 17, 2009

新聞稿 17/12/2009

「西九龍交通影響評估報告」政府不想你知道的: 14.6億的額外投資

將不可能解決西九龍的交通問題 政府只選擇性地公佈「交通評估報告」(報告)的結論,但沒有披露「報告」內稱有關道路網絡未能應付將來交通流量的預測,今天記者會的目的就是要向公眾披露這些我們認為極有可能構成誤導之疑點。 撥款予高鐵的669億元中,政府將花近115億元於西九龍總站附近興建額外的交通基礎設施,但根據報告,「上述設施只能勉強應付截至2031年道路網絡可持續發展的最起碼要求」。

 另外,政府顧問已著手進行「西九龍區交通研究」,研究高鐵總站與西九龍文娛藝術區落成後對道路交通的影響。該研究報告較全面的評估可能出現的交通問題,並提出建議以圖減輕一些預期會出現的問題,當中不少將對當地社區產生難以令人接受的影響。

即使能夠落實所有建議,亦將要投入額外的資金,使興建高鐵的成本高達700億以上,這還未計於6個現有交通交匯處(交匯處)很有可能出現的擠塞情況。 研究報告表明,在道路基礎設施沒有任何改善的情況下,41個在九龍的交匯處中有18個將不勝負荷。

報告並預期,縱使進行擴闊路段(至13條行車線)工程,仍然有11個交匯處將達至「接近飽和」的狀態。 為進一步緩和這11個交匯處的交通負荷,報告建議加強對道路工程投入額外投資。報告指出,若這些「額外措施」得到落實,將使「研究區域」內大部分路段(不是全部)具有「備用容量」。但事實上,「飽和問題」仍在至少6個路段出現,因此交通擠塞問題仍將不時出現。另外,一些於路口出現的擠塞問題可能會延伸至「上游」路段,進而加劇交通擠塞的情況。 報告並沒有就上述「額外措施」之可行性作出任何保證;專家組並質疑興建連接廣東道與柯士甸道交匯處地下行車道之建議。

上述建議亦沒有於任何地區場合提出,更遑論是批准。 建議的「改善措施」將使新增之交通流量轉移至附近較狹窄的舊街道,這將對鄰近同屬九龍的商業與住宅區構成嚴重影響。報告還指出部分九龍地區將會被那13條行車線的道路所覆蓋。

更重要的是,它會「深入」未來西九龍文娛藝術區地底至少10至25米。專家組因此認為「改善措施」將不獲社區人士接納。

最後,改善交匯處與落實上述「改善措施」所涉及的費用並沒有在報告中給予充分的考慮與評估。

然而,當有關因素被考慮在內,興建高鐵的成本將由現在政府聲稱的669億上升至700億元以上。

高鐵專家組成員黎廣德 工程師熊永達 博士梁啟智 博士吳永輝 先生龐婉儀 小姐泰萊 工程師司馬文 先生 

 17 Dec 2009

The secret West Kowloon Reclamation Development Traffic Study The Government doesn’t want us to know: 14.6 billion supporting infrastructure will NOT solve the West Kowloon traffic problems Hong Kong, 17 December 2009 –

Government has only released selected parts of the conclusions of a Traffic Study. It has NOT released those conclusions which indicate that the road network cannot support the predicted traffic. This has been revealed by members of the Express Rail Expert Group of the independent engineers organization Pro-Commons.

Having spent $11.5 billion for additional works included in the $66.9Bn package for the Express Rail Link the study reports that “This road infrastructure package could be considered as the minimum requirements that would provide a marginally sustainable road network up to 2031”.

Consultants working for the Government have undertaken a “West Kowloon Reclamation Development Traffic Study” to study the effects on the road traffic once the Express Rail Terminus and the West Kowloon Cultural District are completed.

The Study Report gives a comprehensive account of the traffic issues and sets out drastic recommendations to alleviate some of the anticipated problems. Many of the recommendations are unproven and will have an unacceptable impact on the local community. Even when all are implemented, which requires additional funding bringing the Express Rail cost above HK$70 billion, at least 6 junctions will be congested.

The Traffic Study shows that, without any improvement of the road infrastructure, 18 of the 41 junctions in Kowloon will be overloaded. It expects that with “improvements” – including widening roads up to 13 lanes wide – 11 identified junctions would still only have “marginal capacity” as opposed to “adequate spare capacity”.

To further alleviate the lack of capacity at these 11 junctions, the study considered additional investments in road works. It noted that after implementing these “additional schemes” most (but not all) of the junctions within the Study Area would be operating with spare capacity.

 In fact, the study shows that at least 6 junctions can not be resolved. Congestion can therefore be expected at times. Traffic queues at some junctions are predicted to extend to the junction immediately upstream thus aggravating the congestion. The study report gives no assurances of the feasibility of these additional schemes and throws doubt on the proposed underpass along Canton Road at the junction with Austin Road. There is also no suggestion that that these proposals have been seen, let alone approved, at District level.

The proposed “improvements” will divert traffic though adjacent narrow streets having a dramatic impact on the residential and commercial neighbourhoods of Kowloon.

The Study also shows that a large percentage of the land in Kowloon will be covered by the widening of roads with up to 13 lanes for some sections and that there will be an encroachment into the West Kowloon Cultural District Site by between 10 and 25 metres.

The Express Rail Expert Group believes that a number of improvements will be unacceptable to the local community The cost of the junction improvements and additional schemes was not assessed in the study.

 However when they are, the cost of the Express Rail Link project could easily rise from the current figure of $66.9Bn to above $70Bn.

The Express Rail Expert Group is comprised of Ir Albert Lai, Dr Hung Wing Tat, Dr Leung Kai Chi, Mr Stanley Ng, Ms Pong Yuen Yee, Ir Ronald Taylor and Mr Paul Zimmerman.

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