Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Visit to Shenzhen-Hong Kong Western Corridor site

Today I visited the site of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Western Corridor (HK-SWC) with my fellow members of the Transport Advisory Committee (TAC). The 5.5km HK-SWC will connect Ngau Hom Shek of northwestern New Terriotries to Shekou in Shenzhen.

[Looking out to the bridge from the Hong Kong side]

The Hong Kong Government is responsible for the construction of the 3.5km of elevated viaducts and cable-stayed bridges over Hong Kong waters. Completed within 30 months, the work on the Hong Kong side is bascially finished and now awaits the completion of works on the Mainland side, and the final connection of the two sides.

[The single inclined tower of 158m in height over the cable-stayed bridge of the Hong Kong Section with a main span of 210m]

The HK-SWC will be the fourth vehicular boundary crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and will be a much needed addition to help relief the heavy traffic congestion at the other crossings.

[Looking north to Shekou, Shenzhen, from the Hong Kong side]

One would also hope that besides the benefits to transport, the new corridor may also stimulate the economic wellbeing of northwestern New Territories, including Yuen Long and Tin Sui Wai, and its residents.


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