Hong Kong's busy central business district, Admiralty, is soon to get busier. It is now home to new government headquarters, the legislative council and two additional metro lines currently underway. The vehicular and pedestrian traffic issues have been a long-standing concern at the existing Admiralty public transport interchange, with over 29,000 passenger trips during peak hours on weekdays, and the number is set to increase further.
1st integrated pedestrian and vehicular simulation model
2additional metro lines reaching admiralty planned
29,000 passenger trips during peak hours on weekdays predicted
In preparation for the new developments, Arup was commissioned to conduct a large-scale assessment of potential traffic problems. Our study was the first to explore the interaction between pedestrian and vehicular traffic using a three-dimensional simulation model to help visualising the impact. The pedestrian and vehicular simulation model illustrated present and future traffic condition, highlighting congestion locations and points of conflict.
The model is key to providing an evidence-based analysis platform to assess the effectiveness of the proposed improvement schemes.
Arup's proposed improvement scheme reduces congestion with effective use of space for interchanging passengers, improved accessibility, public transport rationalisation and better organisation of movement flows at intersections. The model also provides a platform to improve access for those with impaired mobility, and ensures the harbour area and the new government headquarters are well connected as a pedestrian zone.