Foreword


Mong Kok is a busy commercial and shopping district with heavy vehicular and pedestrian flows. It was mentioned in the 2008-09 Policy Address that the administration would consider an extension of the footbridge system in Mong Kok to cover Central Mong Kok and the Tai Kok Tsui area to improve the pedestrian environment with a view to minimizing vehicle-pedestrian conflict. In this regard, a consultancy study on this proposal was commissioned by the Transport Department in March 2009.

Based on the study result, a preliminary conceptual plan was drawn for the proposed footbridge system and was completed in 2010. Subsequently, we carried out a feasibility study on the preliminary conceptual plan in 2011 and joined hands with the Transport Department to propose the preliminary suggestions to the Yau Tsim Mong District Council Traffc and Transport Committee in 2013. Since Mong Kok is a highly developed area, in order to construct a new footbridge system in the area, it requires thorough consideration of various constraints, including studies on the transport facilities and developments in the vicinity, locations of footbridge piers, staircases, escalators and lift, and the impact of footbridges on traffc, pedestrian flow, and underground facilities (including Mong Kok railway station). A consultant was also engaged in the same year to conduct a detailed investigation for the project and a preliminary scheme was prepared in accordance with the fndings of the investigation.

Preliminary Proposal


(i) Proposed Footbridge along Argyle Street – from Tong Mi Road Footbridge to Hak Po Street.
(ii) Proposed Footbridge along Tong Mi Road – from Tong Mi Road Footbridge to Fuk Tsun Street.




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Connectivity between the footbridge and surrounding commercial buildings


In the proposal, the consultant designed four possible connections, including the ex Mong Kok Market, Langham Place, Argyle Center and the Sai Yee Street. Highways Department will further explore the feasibility and detailed arrangements for the connections with the relevant departments.

Proposed Footbridge landings and associated facilities


Landing near Canton Road - Two lifts to be provided at the junction of Canton Road and Argyle Street





Landing near Reclamation Street - A staircase, an escalator and a lift to be provided at Reclamation Street





Landing near Langham Place - A staircase and a lift to be provided outside Langham Place





Landing between Nathan Road and Portland Street -A staircase to be provided at Argyle Street between Nathan Road and Portland Street





Landing between Nathan Road and Sai Yeung Choi Street South - A staircase to be provided at Argyle Street between Nathan Road and Sai Yeung Choi Street South





Landing near Tung Choi Street - A staircase, an escalator and a lift to be provided at Tung Choi Street





Landing at Fa Yuen Street - Two lifts to be provided at Fa Yuen Street





Landing near Sai Yee Street - A staircase, escalator and a lift to be provided at Sai Yee Street





Landing at Hak Po Street - A staircase and a lift to be provided at Hak Po Street





Landing at Fuk Tsun Street - A staircase, escalator and a lift to be provided at Fuk Tsun Street

Construction Arrangement of the Footbridge System


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The Proposed Redevelopment of Government Sites at Sai Yee Street will involve a series of road improvement works, including the widening of Argyle Street and Sai Yee Street adjacent to the site of the Redevelopment. According to the advice of the consultant, in order to reduce the burden on the traffic in the Argyle Street/Sai Yee Street junction, the footbridge section between Fa Yuen Street to Hak Po Street has to be constructed after the completion of the above works. In addition, the landing along Tung Choi Street will be constructed after the relocation of Public Light Bus station on Tung Choi Street to the public transport interchange within the Redevelopment project to reduce the impact on the traffic on Tung Choi Street.

For the above reasons, the works will be carried out in two stages. The first stage will include the footbridge section along Argyle Street between Tong Mi Road and Fa Yuen Street, and that along Tong Mi Road between Argyle Street and Fuk Tsun Street. The second stage includes the footbridge section along Argyle Street between Fa Yuen Street and Hak Po Street and the landing on Tung Choi Street.

As the underground utilities in Mong Kok are numerous and complex, and the pedestrian flow is high, the consultant expected to take considerable time to carry out utilities diversion works. The construction should also be carried out in phases with implementation of a series of temporary traffic arrangements to maintain the existing traffic. According to the preliminary estimate of the consultants, the construction periods of the first stage and the second stage works are approximately more than five years and three years respectively. Subject to the actual progress of the Proposed Redevelopment of Government Sites at Sai Yee Street, the construction periods of the two stages of the Project may overlap to reduce the overall construction time.



Temporary Traffic Arrangement During Construction


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To maintain the traffic flow, temporary diversion of footpaths and carriageways will be implemented in stages. Arrangement of working areas and road closures during the construction stage are as shown. We would confine the areas of work fronts to minimize disturbance to road users and pedestrians.

Besides, in order to reduce the impact on road users and pedestrians, the footbridge will be constructed in stages to shorten the duration of the closure of footpaths / carriageways.

Proposed mitigation measures for the closure of traffic lanes / footpaths include:

※Temporary setback of existing footpaths (a section of the southern footpath along Argyle Street between Nathan Road and Sai Yeung Choi Street South, and a section of the northern footpath along Argyle Street between Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Tung Choi Street) and conversion to provisional carriageways

※Temporary adjustment to the timing of traffic lights (junction of Argyle Street/Nathan Road) to optimize the green time utilization for pedestrians and vehicular phases at critical junctions


Besides, diversion works of underground utilities would be carried out during the construction stage which would result in temporary closure of footpaths and carriageways in the vicinity. Temporary traffic arrangement will be implemented by stages to minimize the disturbance to road users and pedestrians.



Permanent Traffic Arrangement After Completion


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According to the Report of Traffic Impact Assessment prepared by the consultant, although some of the traffic lanes in the vicinity will be permanent occupied upon the completion of the footbridge, including the sections along Argyle Street (eastbound) near Tong Mi Road and Canton Road, Argyle Street (eastbound) near Tung Choi Street and Hak Po Street, Argyle Street (westbound) near Reclamation Street and Shanghai Street, and Fuk Tsun Street (southbound) near Tong Mi Road, the traffic on these carriageways would remain normal. In the meantime, crowdedness of footpaths in the district would be relieved upon the completion of the footbridge.


Footbridge and Surrounding Landscape


Sufficient clearance from the footbridge to the adjacent buildings will be provided to minimize the visual impact on the residents from surrounding buildings / from the vicinity. Moreover, we will provide translucent panels along the footbridge sections on the side facing the adjacent residential buildings in order to protect the privacy of residents.

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