Hong Kong’s newest highway officially launchesLocal | 26 May 2019 5:05 pm
A HK$25 billion highway connecting Fanling Highway and the Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point opened to the public today, reducing the traveling time from Fanling to Ping Che and Ta Kwu Ling by 11 and 16 minutes respectively.
The highway also brings relief to residents in the northern New Territories, who have been complaining about lengthy traveling times.
The boundary control point is still under construction, and is expected to open by the end of this year.
Until then, the Heung Yuen Wai Highway will still facilitate residents living near Sha Tau Kok, Ta Kwu Ling and Ping Che in traveling to Fanling, Sheung Shui, Tai Po and Kowloon.
The highway comprises of the approximately 4.8 kilometer Lung Shan Tunnel, 0.7 kilometer Cheung Shan Tunnel, a 4.5 kilometer viaduct and one kilometer at-grade roads.
Lung Shan Tunnel is now the longest tunnel on land in Hong Kong.
Compared with the previous route from Kau Lung Hang to Ping Che and Heung Yuen Wai, the traveling time was greatly reduced from 15 and 24 minutes to four and eight minutes respectively.
The government said the highway will improve traffic in North District, particularly in the areas near Sha Tau Kok Road.
After the commissioning of the Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point, it will help re-distribute the cross-boundary traffic via Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok Boundary Control Points.
However, due to unclear signage, drivers unfamiliar with the road ended up driving in the opposite direction they intended.
Police issued several warnings, but did not prosecute any drivers.
The road was mostly used by trucks and driving enthusiasts yesterday.
Bus and minibus routes will launch when the boundary control point comes into operation.