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More Cars Spell Ruin For Lantau

Updated on Mar 31, 2008 – SCMP

Cecille Gamst Berg (“Lantau takes highway to Hell, March 21) is totally correct. Very soon Lantau, a former green lung of Hong Kong, will choke under exhaust fumes. “Improving” the road system by opening up the island for private car use is only the beginning.

An increase in traffic will not only lead to more roadside pollution but a need for more parking space.

Soon, quiet places like Cheung Sha, Tong Fuk and Pui O will be faced with more cars parked alongside paths on narrow roads or an increase in concrete car parks to meet demand.

Noise pollution will increase as Hong Kong drivers have the habit of resting on their car horns when in traffic congestion.

The final nail in the coffin will be the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge which will bring probably thousands of cars to these previously unspoiled villages.

An unpolluted area will soon be suffering from an increased carbon imprint.

This bridge must be stopped or turned into a less polluting rail link.

Wai Lai Ti-Lai, Lantau

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