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Written by: Zhong Yan, Huang Weilun 2020-12-27 18:01
Last update date: 2020-12-27 21:18
Residents in Tuen Mun district must pass through Tuen Mun Highway when leaving Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. However, there are frequent traffic accidents on this section, which often leads to traffic jams. After the opening of the Tun Chi Tunnel(Tuen Mun Chek Lap Kok Tunnel Road), it may provide residents in the northwestern New Territories with an alternative route. However, will the newly opened Tuen Chi Tunnel and the roundabout route to Kowloon or Central via Lantau Island be more “marked” than the Tuen Mun Highway? “Hong Kong 01” before and after the opening of the Tuen Chi Tunnel, measured the time required to use the Tuen Mun Road and bypass the Tuen Chi Tunnel. Both routes start from Tuen Mun City Centre and go to Central Ferry Pier. The actual measurement of the use of Tuen Mun Highway was carried out during non-peak hours last Wednesday (23rd). On the same day, Tuen Mun left Central, and the journey time was about 30 minutes without traffic jams. As for the actual measurement this (27) afternoon, it took about 51 minutes from Tuen Mun to detour through the Tuen Chi Tunnel and the Lantau Link to Central, which took 21 minutes longer than the test using Tuen Mun Highway to exit the city. The Weitunchi Tunnel was opened to traffic on the first day, which attracted the public to try the new road, and there was a lot of traffic congestion. Tuen Mun Highway “track record”, in the event of a traffic accident, the traffic jam time starts from half an hour.
According to the actual measurement results, when the Tuen Mun Highway is congested, it may be faster for drivers to diverted to the Tuen Chi Tunnel “Road”. Traffic accidents often cause traffic jams on Tuen Mun Highway. Looking at the data from the Transport and Housing Bureau, from June 2017 to June this year, a total of 589 incidents occurred on Tuen Mun Highway. If calculated by the average number of days, there was one accident almost every other day in the past three years. As for the traffic jam time, the average is about half an hour, and the longest time is 4.5 hours. If an accident occurs on Tuen Mun Highway, the average traffic jam time is half an hour. When there is a traffic jam on Tuen Mun Road, it seems that it will be faster to change to a new road. Motorists living in Tuen Mun in the future should pay attention to the road conditions of Tuen Mun Highway before going out. If necessary, they may change to the Tuen Chi Tunnel Highway and take the Lantau Link to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. This may be a new choice.