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Lugard Rd to be restricted

June 25, 2014

Vehicles of a future hotel will not be able to use a section of Lugard Road from 9am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays to ensure pedestrian safety.


The Transport Department plan relates to an application to convert the property at 27 Lugard Road into a hotel.


Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony Cheung told lawmakers today the section of road is about 800 metres in length and is for shared use by pedestrians and vehicles. It is also the only access to the site.


No vehicles are allowed to enter the concerned road section, except those with permits granted by the department.


Prof Cheung said the wider part of the road section is more than  three metres wide, and its narrowest part is almost two metres wide, which is enough for shared use with pedestrians.


He noted the developer also proposed that when pedestrian flow is small the hotel's mini electric car will only run a maximum of four trips per hour.


The department has not objected to the planning application as there is a balance between pedestrians’ need to use the road and the property owner's vehicular access right.


The average pedestrian flow at the road section on weekdays is about 110 people per hour, and 540 from 9am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It is about 320 on Saturdays.

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