Mega bridge to open for traffic on WednesdayLocal | 19 Oct 2018 5:13 pm
Transport authorities said today that the Hong Kong-Macao-Zhuhai Bridge will be opened to traffic from 9:00am on Wednesday, October 24 – a day after a formal opening ceremony – clearing up the confusion surrounding the actual timeline of events, RTHK reports.
On Wednesday, Beijing's liaison office had sent invitations to local media for an opening ceremony in Zhuhai on October 23, which seemed to catch even some lawmakers and bus operators by surprise. The Transport Department had remained silent on this on Thursday.
But at a press conference today, Transport Secretary Frank Chan said there will be an opening ceremony on Tuesday in Zhuhai and the world's longest sea bridge would be open to users the next day.
But there was no mention of President Xi Jinping attending the function, as some media have speculated.
On Thursday, lawmakers on Legco's transport panel slammed the government, saying they are being kept in the dark despite Hong Kong paying billions for the project.
The controversial mega project, which has been plagued by controversies ranging from a blown budget to accidents and construction scandals, is touted as a construction feat that will boost the economy of the region and help Hong Kong enjoy the benefits of the newly drawn-up Greater Bay Area plan of the central government.
At the briefing, officials said the bridge will cut down travelling times in the Pearl River Delta region significantly. Chan also said the bridge will strengthen tourism, finance and trade ties between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau.-Photo: RTHK