A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to scrap tram services between Central (中環) and Admiralty (金鐘) has been greeted with outrage. Sit Kwokkeung (薛國強), a former official at the Planning Department (規劃署), suggested the move to ease traffic congestion.
Sit even said if the Town Planning Board (城市規劃委員會) agreed, the Transport Department (運輸署) should consider abandoning the tram system. Trams have been operating in Hong Kong since 1904 and, apart from offering a cheap and clean mode of transport, they are a tourist attraction.
Citizens and concern groups, especially tram lovers, reacted with anger. They launched various campaigns including an online ‘one person, one photo’ strategy. Supporters were asked to upload photos while taking trams on Facebook and Instagram. Other courses of action include submitting counter-proposals to the board, organising a ‘Man versus Tram race’ to prove that trams are not that slow, and calling for the establishment of a tram and pedestrian zone between Western Market (西港城) and Chater Road (遮打道) in Central.