Tung Chung diversion plan clicks in

Local | Sophie Hui 29 Nov 2018

A diversion tactic is being used for visitors arriving in the SAR via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in a bid to limit disturbances caused to Tung Chung residents, Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan told legislators yesterday.

Providing insights into the situation in Tung Chung, Chan revealed that half of the visitors last week were diverted to Sunny Bay.

That tactic paid dividends, he said, with the crowding problem that residents in Tung Chung have complained about being alleviated.

Arrangements to limit numbers going to Tung Chung also included having vehicles take visitors directly to attractions or places they want to go from the passenger clearance area at the bridge's entry port.

And with advanced ticketing for the shuttle bus services that operate across the bridge - known as "golden buses" - visitors now arrive in Hong Kong from 8am instead of 10am, which also relieves pressure.

Chan also said there will be stalls set up in the port's passenger clearance area so people can shop if they do not want to go elsewhere once they have gone across the bridge.

"Some pop-up stores may start running in the passenger clearance building from this weekend," he said.

He also responded to legislators' questions on expansion plans with new housing in Tung Chung East.

Holden Chow Ho-ding of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker noted there is an expectation people will start moving into Tung Chung East in 2023.

But Tung Chung East rail station will not be commissioned until 2026, he added, so are there other plans for developing transport in the area?

Chan said transport services including buses and minibuses will be in place before the rail service.

He also said there are plans for a 10-kilometer cycling track network in the Tung Chung East extension area. That will cover the waterfront promenade and the inland pedestrian walkway as well as linking with the existing network in Tung Chung.

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