Multiple transport proposals HK Island, Kowloon and NT, mainly 1970s-1990s

IDJ has sent the following account from an unknown source about numerous proposals regarding different forms of transport mainly on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon but also extending into the New Territories. Only a couple were carried out.

Monorail proposals

1974 Tsim Sha Tsui – Kwun Tong
1978 Proposed new airport at Chek Lap Kok – Kowloon
late 1970s Tuen Mun – Tsuen WaN
1980 a) North shore HK Island, b) “Another to the south side of the island”
1983 Circular route, Central to Mid-Levels
1989 A loop service Central – Wanchai
late 1980s South coast, Lantau Island

Aerial ropeways and escalators

1970 cableway Central – Victoria Gap – Aberdeen (“Cable Car Company” – rejected)
undated cableway Hung Hom – Shatin
undated cableway up Lion Rock
undated cableway Silvermine Bay – Sunset Peak, Lantau Island
1975 “Cableways Ltd (ex-The Cable Car Company, above) revived Aberdeen proposal – rejected 1977
sometime between 1975-1977 cableway up to Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island
1977 Ocean Park cable car opened
undated cableway Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
eary 1990 cableway Tiger Balm Gardens – Braemar Hill
1990 construction of escalator Central to Mid-Levels

Automated guideway transit

1982 automated metro – approach made to HK Kowloon Wharf & Godown Ltd – line along Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront
1988 automated guideway system – Yau Ma Tei via Tsim Sha Tsui to KCR Terminus and ferry piers on new Hung Hom Bay reclamation
1989 fixed track distribution system connecting all major termini in Mongkok, Yau Ma  Tei and Tai Kok Tsui
1990 the 1988 above re-emerged as the “Kowloon Sky Rail” (similar to the London Docklands Light Railway) – serving 9 stations on 4.7kms of track
undated elevated systems in Tsim Sha Tsui including one from Wharf (Holdings) Ltd and another from the KCRC

Guided buses and trolleybuses

1980s O-Bahn guided busway system – HK Island Corridor
undated O-Bahn guided busway system, Tuen Mun to Tsuen Wan
1990 HK-wide trolleybuses proposed by Friends of the Earth

Transport proposals 1970s - 1990s a IDJTransport proposals 1970s - 1990s b IDJTransport proposals 1970s - 1990s c IDJ

This article was first posted on 12th March 2016.


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