Hong Kong to provide real-time traffic info

Local | 12 Jan 2018 1:41 pm

Chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the government is planning to provide real-time traffic information for motorists in future.

In her remarks at a summit today, the Hong Kong leader pointed out that given the city's development density, there is little scope to widen existing roads or build new roads but the government will work towards an intelligent transport and traffic management system.

"We plan to complete the installation of about 1,200 traffic detectors in all strategic roads to provide real-time traffic information, and develop the installation of 'in-vehicle units' for allowing motorists to receive such information.”

New on-street parking meters with provision of parking vacancy information will be installed while practicable measures enabling drivers to receive parking space information from public car parks without unnecessarily circulating on roads will be examined, Lam continued.

Pilot intelligent traffic signal systems at road junctions will be also introduced and the new Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel will adopt an automatic tolling system, she said.

"All these will help people plan their journeys and move around more efficiently, thereby increasing the capacity of our road network and alleviating traffic congestion.”

In December last year, the government published the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong which maps out development plans in the next five years.

It aims to enhance the effectiveness of city management and improve people's quality of living as well as the city's attractiveness and sustainability by making use of innovation and technology.

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