HKT 69: Allan Photo / Joseph Tse Collection (The Platinum Dragon Coins, c.1990, King’s Road/North Point)
There was a “hidden” additional track extending to the edge of the tramstop (now North Point Road Stop).
For several years in the 1980s there were three parallel tracks along King’s Road through North Point. This was a legacy of Transport Department’s King’s Road Traffic Management Scheme. The original scheme was launched in the first week of 1981 and was a disaster, leading to even greater traffic congestion than before. A solution was devised to accommodate traffic in the years before the opening of the Island Eastern Corridor road and the Island Line. The work was carried out during the autumn of 1982 and created a new eastbound tram track to the north of the original eastbound one. Hence the original westbound track was abandoned and became a general traffic lane, whilst the former eastbound track became the current westbound tramway. The scheme remains in use despite the advent of the new expressway and the MTR Island Line. However, the original westbound tram track was progressively removed during routine road works, and there has been no trace of it for the last twenty years.
A newly-laid junction at North Point Road was under construction. The track along which car 24 was running is the current westbound track!
Under the scheme, the loops turning in at North Point Road and out from Tong Shui Road, as well as the emergency crossover, had to be reconstructed.
Special thanks to T.V. Runnacles
HKT 89: Lars F. Richter Photo (LEE KUM KEE, MAY-1989, Tin Chiu Street/North Point)