Xi Jinping launches mega bridge connecting Hong Kong to mainland

26 October, 2018, 10:59 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Mr Zheng Xiaosong the head of China's liaison office to Macau had been suffering from depression the Hong Kong and Macau Office of the Chinese government's State Council said in a statement

The world's longest cross-sea bridge, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, is due to open on Tuesday.

Frank Chain, the city's transport secretary said on Friday that with the bridge traveling time will decrease notably between Hong Kong and the Western Pearl River Delta region.

The bridge has reduced the travelling time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong from four hours to mere 30 minutes.

China plans to create a Greater Bay Area which will include Hong Kong, Macau and nine other cities in southern China.

Earlier, lawmakers in Hong Kong warned that the bridge, which provides a direct link to Hong Kong global Airport, could bring extra traffic to Lantau Island, and cause congestion, South China Morning Post said in a report.

The $20 billion (2.3 trillion yen) bridge took nearly a decade to build while incurring major delays and cost overruns.

Most drivers will have to park at the Hong Kong port, switching to a shuttle bus or special hire cars once they are through immigration.

China claims credit for building the world's longest bridge, the 164.8-km-long Danyang-Kunshan Grand viaduct on the Beijing- Shanghai high speed railway.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the bridge would help transform Hong Kong from a "connector to a more active participant".

He said it was the first time the three sides had worked together on a major infrastructure project. "It also enhances the competitiveness of the Pearl River Delta", the SCMP quoted him as saying.

The main section of the new bridge is also considered mainland territory, even though Hong Kong was slated to pay at least half the cost of the project, according to the original blueprint from the city's government.

Hong Kong residents will only be granted a licence to cross into Zhuhai by vehicle if they meet highly selective criteria, including holding certain mainland government positions or making major contributions to charities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

Additional concerns surfaced earlier this year when officials revealed that estimates for the amount of traffic expected for the bridge had been cut.



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