Weekend opening for highway featuring longest road tunnelLocal | 17 May 2019 1:33 pm
The Heung Yuen Wai Highway in North District, which features the longest road tunnel in Hong Kong, will open on May 26, officials said today, RTHK reports.
The new road will connect the Fanling Highway with the planned Heung Yuen Wai Border Control Point that is slated to open by the end of this year.
Part of the highway will comprise of the Lung Shan Tunnel, which, at 4.8 kilometers, is longer than the one at Tate's Cairn, which stretches for 3.95 kilometers.
Motorists will be able to use the new road to reach the Fanling Highway from Sha Tau Kok and Ta Kwu Ling, instead of relying on Sha Tau Kok Road and Ping Che Road respectively.
Drivers on the new highway will be able to travel from Sha Tau Kok to the Fanling Highway in just four minutes, much quicker than the current 15-minute journey, while the trip from Ta Kwu Ling will take just eight minutes, down from the current 24.
But for public transport users, there will be only one minibus travelling between Sha Tau Kok and Fanling during morning peak hours on weekdays, until the new border point opens.
Stanley Chiang, who chairs the Lok Ma Chau China-Hong Kong Freight Association, said the new highway would save truck drivers a lot of travelling.
He said the Shenzhen authorities had notified the truck drivers two years ago that by 2024, cross border trucks will have to use the Heung Yuen Wai and Shenzhen Bay border crossings, instead of the more popular one at Huanggang.-Photo: RTHK