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.