All aboard in more safety with new pier project

Local | Amy Nip 26 Aug 2019

Ten public piers will be renovated in the initial phase of a major improvement scheme, with the first project on Lamma.

There are over 100 public piers around Hong Kong, and the 10 first in line for renovation are in the New Territories and outlying islands, Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun revealed.

Of the 10, four are in Sai Kung - at Sham Chung, Lai Chi Chong, High Island and Kau Sai Chau - and two on Lamma at Pak Kok Tsuen and Yung Shue Wan.

Other piers being renovated early on are at Tung Ping Chau, Yi O on Lantau, Lai Chi Wo near Sha Tau Kok and Shek Tsai Wan on Ma Wan.

"The Civil Engineering and Development Department has carried out feasibility studies and preliminary designs for the 10 piers and environmental assessment reports for those located within marine parks," Wong said.

Eunice Hui Yi-lam, a member of the department's pier improvement unit, said work at Pak Kok Tsuen could start by the end of this year, and it would take two years to finish the job. The pier at Pak Kok Tsuen on the northern part of Lamma was raised by villagers initially.

Now used by 400 ferry passengers daily, it was rebuilt in the 1970s and 1990s.

But its design does not allow for passengers to cross a platform when boarding a boat. Instead, people have to hop on across the bow, which can be dangerous if there are big waves.

The new pier will provide more berthing space that will allow boats to berth side-on instead of head-on, making boarding simpler and safer.

Facilities being added include the pier being given a roof, seats, Wi-Fi and a drinking fountain.

"Residents aside, I believe the renovated piers will facilitate the promotion of green and cultural tourism, allowing citizens to know more about attractions in the countryside and natural heritage," Wong added.


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