Environmentally Friendly Noise Measures
Some existing roads are close to dwellings and are causing noise disturbances to nearby residents at night. However, retrofitting noise barriers/enclosures or providing low noise road surfaces on existing roads may not be practicable. Therefore, non-engineering solutions such as traffic management and pedestrian schemes have been explored to reduce traffic noise to nearby residents.
Traffic Management Scheme
A traffic management scheme is being implemented in four areas to ban certain types of vehicles from using some streets at night to reduce traffic noise.
|Name of Street
||Class of Vehicle Affected
|Lai King Hill Road
||Length exceeding 11m (except buses)
||11 p.m. to 7 a.m. [effective 1 June 1995]
|Chuk Yau Road
||Gross Vehicle Weight exceeding 23 tonnes
||11 p.m. to 7 a.m. [effective 18 March 1999]
|Tsing Fung Street Flyover
||Gross Vehicle Weight exceeding 5.5 tonnes (except franchised buses)
||11 p.m. to 7 a.m. [effective 14 January 2000]
|Texaco Road Flyover
[effective 4 July 2005]
Apart from the traffic management scheme, pedestrianisation can also reduce traffic noise affecting residents. Pedestrianisation is being implemented at Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sham Shui Po, Stanley, Sheung Shui, Jordan, a section of Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai and Yuen Long New Street. The figure below shows pedestrianisation of Yuen Long New Street.
|Pedestrian Street at Yuen Long New Street
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