Kwan O - West Coastal Road
Kwan O (Junk Bay) 1977 (clickphoto to zoom)
Kwan O (Junk Bay) 2002
Western Coast Road tunnel portal planned for the lower
photo to zoom)
There is a piece of news about the Tseung Kwan O development
in today's newspaper. Although the theme is that there will
be no more reclamations at TKO, the West Coastal Road will
actually require reclamation of about 800m of natural shorelines
just south west of Tiu Keng Leng. This stretch of shoreline
has an impressive cliff and beach scenery. (see photo below)
If the road has to be built like this, we should still fight
to preserve the shoreline with offshore reclamations.
11 July, 2005
There is no need to reclaim land for a toll plaza
- we can save the shoreline.
Government plans to create reclamation for a 10-lane wide
toll plaza and the support buildingssimilar to the one at
the Western Harbour Crossing (see photo at left) - But is
... with free flow tolling (below) we can protect our shorelines
from destroying our beautiful natural shoreline.
unnecessary reclamation for the Western Coast Road
(Photo: Tseung Kwan O facing
toward Hong Kong Island. The beautiful natural shoreline behind
the far set of highrises is at risk because of the Western
Coast Road tunnel portal)
Government has chosen a tunnel option for the Tseung Kwan
O West Coastal Road.
Long stretches of the natural shorelines of Tseung
Kwan O have already been lost to reclamations. This includes
the controversial reclamation in the 1990s at the natural
shorelines around the Tit Cham Chau area, which in fact
clearly falls within the Clear Water Bay Country Park.
Any remaining natural shoreline at Tseung Kwan O is very
precious. The shore near the tunnel portal displays an interesting
geological landscape and the vicinity is known for unusual
mineral bearing rocks.
We are therefore very concerned with the fate of natural
shorelines around the tunnel portal at Tseung Kwan O. We urge
Government to minimise any reclamations at this location.
The best approach is to use "free-flow"
tolling so no toll plaza is necessary, and retain the natural
shoreline and to construct any essential reclamation slightly
This approach is technically feasible and will create a scenic
natural environment around the tunnel entrance. Tai Ho Wan
at Lantau Island is a good example of preservation of natural
shoreline side by side with infrastructures. Today many people
traveling to the airport are delighted to see a haven of natural
shorelines alongside the expressway.
Save Our Shorelines SOS