Border crossing likely to be ready by end-2018

Local | Sophie Hui Jul 17, 2017
The new Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai border control point is expected to be ready by the end of next year, Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai- lun said, adding a science park and an industrial estate may also be developed close to the area.

Construction of the land border control point - the seventh between Hong Kong and Shenzhen - started in April 2013. Wong said in his blog that it will be the first border control point with direct access facilities, including a public transport interchange, a drop-off area for cars and a public car park.

It is expected to handle about 30,000 passenger trips and 17,850 vehicular trips a day.

Cross-border passengers can get to the passenger terminal by car or by pedestrian walkway.

Wong said traffic in North District can be eased with the new control point, which can divert cross-border traffic at the Sha Tau Kok control point and Man Kam To control point. A new road has been built to link up the upcoming control point with Fan Ling Highway, which residents in Shau Tau Kok and Ta Kwu Ling can also use to reach other areas, including Sheung Shui, Tai Po and Kowloon.

The southbound tube of the Lung Shan Tunnel under the project broke through in March this year, while Cheung Shan Tunnel will also break through this month.

Wong said the Lung Shan Tunnel is 4.8 kilometers and is the longest road tunnel in Hong Kong. It can reduce traffic in North district and will be good for the district's long-term development.

He also said the government has already chosen a 56-hectare piece of land to develop a science park and an industrial estate near the new border control point.

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation has appointed a consultancy company to study the feasibility of the project and a report will be finished later this year.

Wong expects the project to create jobs and foster the economic development of border areas.

He said care has been taken to minimize the project's social and environmental impact.

Mitigating measures include reducing land acquisition and setting the connecting road alignment outside the rims of country parks and woodlands.

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