All systems are go for awaited opening of mega bridge

Top News | Phoenix Un 23 Oct 2018

Hong Kong and Macau completed final preparations for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which will open to the public tomorrow at 9am.

Assistant Commissioner for Transport Irene Ho Wai-yin said on a radio program that police will remove road blocks to the entrance of the bridge 15 minutes before it will be opened to the public.

She also said shuttle buses and vans will be available on Lantau Island, which will provide services to the airport, Sunny Bay MTR Station, Tung Chung Station and the Hong Kong port.

Buses running between urban areas and the airport will also extend to the bridge's Hong Kong port, Ho added.

She said it will take travelers only 10 minutes to complete customs clearance at the Hong Kong port. After that, they can take shuttle buses to Macau or Zhuhai.

It will cost HK$65 to get to either Macau and Zhuhai, and the buses will run every five minutes during rush hour. During normal hours, they will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

A ticket will cost HK$70 late at night, when the buses will run every 30 minutes, Ho said. The elderly and children will enjoy a 50 percent discount for both types of tickets.

The first bus tomorrow will depart at 9.15am.

Ho reminded people who want to go on self-driving tours to apply to the Transport Department for the Macau Port Park-and-Ride Scheme and buy vehicle insurance as required by Macau and the mainland.

She said the Transport Department has already received 1,500 applications for the scheme.

Ho reminded drivers that not all vehicles with approval for regular quotas for other border checkpoints may drive on the bridge.

She said the Transport Department had approved 10,000 quotas for vehicles.

Meanwhile, Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on passed an executive order yesterday to introduce 24-hour immigration clearance at Macau's mega-bridge border point.

Previously, only the Cotai Frontier Port between Hengqin and Macau was open around the clock, while the traditional border gate between Macau and Gongbei opens at 6am and closes at 1am every day.

Macau's government said there will be new immigration clearance procedures at the border to shorten the time people need to wait.

There will be 36 lanes for vehicles, including 14 with automatic toll booths. The Macau government expects that the lanes may handle 21,000 cars a day.

phoenix.un@singtaonewscorp.com

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