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HK$1.1 Bln Kai Tak Disasters
Government asked the Legislative Council yesterday to endorse construction of infrastructure at the (former) Kai Tak airport site, including HK$1.1 billion for roads and the upgrading of the existing taxiway bridge. The final approval is subject the Public Works Subcommittee meeting in April.

The detailed designs reveal:

1. That 80% of the Kai Tak waterfront will be dominated by roads;

2. That there is no opportunity for outdoor dining on the waterfront;

3. That 30% of the Kai Tak Approach Channel will NOT be accessible by vessels.

The visuals below are based on the paper presented to the Legislative Council -
click here to download. The paper revealed detailed designs for the first time since gazetting of the Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan in November 2006.

Let your member of the Legislative Council know what you think, because it is NOT too late to solve these issues:

1. Set back the roads from the waterfront and follow the example of succesful waterfronts around the world;

2. Increase the height of the Taxiway Bridge or build a draw bridge to allow vessels through at selected times.

80% of Kai Tak's waterfront dominated by roads.

With roads in front of properties, there is no outdoor dining on the waterfront and the promenade is exposed to traffic, noise and air pollution.

Singapore knows how to get it right

Recent international studies show that every great harbourfront, whether it is in Singapore, Sydney, Vancouver or Capetown have the roads away from the waterfront. Properties shield the waterfront promenade and provide the facilities for culture, entertainment, restaurants, and marine support. The promenade is used by pedestrians and cyclists for leisure, recreation, with facilities for outdoor seating and boating.

Taxiway bridge blocks marine traffic
The red arrows show how the taxiway bridge - unless redesigned - will block all marine traffic and render the west end of the Kai Tak Approach Channel permanently inaccessible to marine users. A harbour without vessels?

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