Consulting firm proposes to remove trams from Central

A management consulting firm has has proposed to remove tram services from Central in order to “solve traffic congestion”.

Last month, Intellects Consultancy Limited submitted a proposal to the Town Planning Board to eradicate tramways from the Daft Draft Central District Outline Zoning Plan.

The proposal claims tram services occupy 30 percent of Central’s roads, and thus phasing out trams from Des Voeux Road Central or Queensway could “enhance road efficiency” and ease traffic congestions, according to Headline Daily.

The proposal was quick to attract criticism, since the public is probably sick of the government tearing down Hong Kong’s heritage, piece by piece. 

A lady surnamed Choi told Ming Pao that the trams should not be replaced.

“Trams are a landmark in Hong Kong and they should remain!” she said.

A 90-year-old elderly man said he has been travelling by tram for the past 80 years, and has been taking them more as he’s gotten older.

He explained that it’s more convenient than travelling travelling by MTR, since the latter requires going “a few extra stories down” to the train platforms. 

We’re not quite a century old, but we do agree completely that the tram is just about the most convenient form of travel (as long as you don’t have to be somewhere any time soon), and the trek it takes to get from street-level to the MTR trains sucks big time.

Photo:  mk2010 via Wikimedia Commons

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