West Kowloon Waterfront Connectivity Study for Harbour Business Forum
Masterplan Limited is a member of the Harbour Business Forum and is part of its Best Practice Committee.
Masterplan Limited prepared a report on the West Kowloon Waterfront Connectivity together with a proposed elevated connection between Yau Ma Tei and Tai Kok Tsui in 2017. This is following on Harbour Business Forum’s Harbour Connectivity Study 2008, which identified the West Kowloon Waterfront link as an important gap that needs to be filled, and was discussed by the Sub-Committee on Harbour Plan Review of Harbour-front Enhancement Committee. While other links in the Study have been taken forward, no action has been taken by Government to implement this link.
Masterplan Limited prepared a report, with the technical assistance of other members of the Harbour Business Forum, and presented to the Harbourfront Commission Kowloon Task Force at its meeting in March 2018. The report discusses broad issues on West Kowloon Waterfront Connectivity, and outlines the possible elevated connection between Yau Ma Tei and Tai Kok Tsui.
There was an inter-departmental meeting, involving Highways Department, Transport Department and Marine Department. There was also discussion with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority who supports the proposal.
Careful consideration has been given to the proposal so that it can be located within available Government Land maintained by Highways Department, who is generally supportive of the use.
The West Kowloon will serve as a commercial, residential, cultural and tourism hub, already accommodating about 145,680 residents, amongst them about 17,170 work in the same district. Completion of the link also becomes more important as the West Kowloon Cultural District approaches opening. The proposal will fill in the missing gap along the West Kowloon Waterfront link, for the walkability and public enjoyment around the area, as advocated in Government policy.
2. Harbourfront Commission Kowloon Task Force’s endorsement of the proposal has been submitted to Development Bureau’s
Harbour Unit, and the Transport and Housing Bureau to take forward. It will be up to Government Departments and public bodies to
work with stakeholders in developing the preferred solution.
Link to document https://www.hfc.org.hk/en/task_forces/kowloon/meeting_20180315.html