18 Nov 11
Funding approved for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge projects
Legislators in Hong Kong have endorsed US$6.2bn in funding for a series of projects vital to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
The money will fund Hong Kong boundary crossing facilities, the Hong Kong Link Road as well as the detailed design of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link and Tuen Mun Western Bypass.
Secretary for transport and housing Eva Cheng said the approval reflects the sentiment of Hong Kong people who do not want to see huge infrastructure projects delayed. “For the three funding approvals today we are talking about an addition of 14,000 jobs to be created. We welcome these funding approvals and we will now proceed in earnest,” she said. “We will start the works before the end of this year. Our target now is to complete these facilities in line with the main bridge completion of 2016."
Although the start of the works has been delayed for a year, Cheng said the administration will catch up on the progress through the compression of programmes, and by using additional machinery and manpower.