Save the tram is not just a slogan. Clean Air Network, Designing Hong Kong, Friends of the Earth (HK) and The Conservancy Association have submitted a section 12A application to the Town Planning Board, to rezone Des Voeux Road Central (DVRC) from “road” to “Pedestrian Area and Environmentally Friendly Transport System”
The Town Planning Board is inviting comments on the planning application before the deadline of 16 October, 2015. We start an online petition and set up a street corner at lunch time to explain rezoning details to the public.
We believe good city planning originates from imagination and actions from the wider public. The proposal aims to create a tram and pedestrian precinct where promenades, planting, entertainment and community activities can be accommodated. It would become an important open public space and a vital east-west pedestrian link for all who work in or visit the Central Business District of Hong Kong.
The West Island MTR line has recently opened, and the Central-Wanchai Bypass and the MTR’s South Island Line and Sha Tin to Central railway will also be open soon. These provide the opportunity to re-arrange traffic, address congestion, and reduce roadside noise and air pollution in Central. The proposal includes a strip along the centre of the DVRC for environmentally friendly transport – including tram and electric buses. The north-south roads that cross DVRC including Rumsey Street, Wing Wo Street, Jubilee Street, Pottinger Street and Pedder Street will remain open so that the traffic can be connected between Queen’s Road Central and Connaught Road Central.