30 November 2000
Works to stabilize signal hill
 
Works will begin early next week to stabilize the southern slope of Signal Hill fronting the Middle Road Children's Playground in Tsim Sha Tsui.
It will take about six months to complete the works. During this period, Signal Hill Garden will continue to open to public use.
The works will be carried out by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation on behalf of the Government. The aim is to enable the works to be carried out in a co-ordinated manner and to minimize public inconvenience prior to the construction of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension of East Rail.
A KCRC spokesman said, "Every effort will be made to preserve the vegetation on the slope and the contractors will work round the trees in driving steel bars into the slope to stabilize it."
To pave way for the construction of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension, KCRC contractors are now pruning trees which would require a transplant to other locations in the area. The Champion Banyan tree located within the railway scheme area will not be affected.
KCRC will preserve as many trees as possible, and upon completion of works, will enhance the greenery of the affected areas with an extensive tree planting programme which will lead to a 20% net increase in the number of trees.
The Traffic and Transport Committee of Yau Tsim Mong District Council and relevant area committees in Tsim Sha Tsui have been briefed about these plans and they have not expressed any strong view.