HKZM bridge set to facilitate Macao’s role in international development
It is simply the longest sea bridge in the world, and is destined to greatly boost business and tourism for Macao, while in itself being a breath-taking structure and achievement.
With a total length of 55 kilometres, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HKZM Bridge), situated across the waters of Lingdingyang of Pearl River Estuary, is a megasize sea crossing linking the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Zhuhai City of Guangdong Province and Macao Special Administrative Region.
It consists of a Main Bridge in Mainland waters together with the boundary crossing facilities and link roads within the three places. The functions of the Bridge are to meet the demand of passenger and freight land transport among Hong Kong, the Mainland (particularly the region of Pearl River West) and Macao, to establish a new land transport link between the east and west banks of the Pearl River, and to enhance the economic and sustainable development of the three places.
The new link was the first large- scale project developed jointly by the governments of the three places it immediately serves, demonstrating the successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle. It also represented a breakthrough moment in terms of the construction techniques used and in terms of the coordination mechanism applied to blend together the work of three places that each had a distinct set of public policies.
The bridge was of cially opened to traf c at 9:00am on 24th October. The opening ceremony took place at the HKZM Bridge Zhuhai Port’s Customs clearance building, with the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping, presiding over the ceremony and inaugurating the opening of the bridge.
The Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), Mr Chui Sai On, says the launch of operations for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao (HKZM) Bridge will facilitate Macao’s contributions toward the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area, and the “Belt and Road” initiative.
Mr Chui says the advent of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will have “signi cant in uence in terms of politics, economics, and its likely effect on society”.
The Bridge is the world’s longest piece of sea-crossing infrastructure with a 6.7-km-long underwater tunnel, and represented another milestone in terms of the country’s capability in building advanced, important, large-scale infrastructure, Mr Chui said. In particular, the Bridge was being commissioned at a historic time, as 2018 is the first year for the implementation of the development blueprint outlined at the 19th CPC National Congress, and also marks the 40th anniversary of the implementation of the country’s opening-up policy.
NEW BOUNDARY CLEARANCE MODEL FOR MACAO-ZHUHAI BORDER
The facilities offering border crossing services for passengers and vehicles travelling between Macao, Hong Kong and Zhuhai are open 24 hours a day, with the Customs clearance between Macao and Zhuhai conducted on a “Joint Inspection and One-time Release” principle, the nation’s first border clearance model.
SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES SET TO CONNECT TO MACAO BORDER AND HKIA
Shuttle buses are the main public transportation plying the bridge between Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai borders, with the two main routes being the Hong Kong/Zhuhai run and the Hong Kong/Macao run. The Hong Kong/Macao route – transporting residents and visitors between the Macao border and Hong Kong border – provides about 200 coach trips daily, scheduled to depart every 5 minutes during peak period; 10 to 15 minutes during non- peak period; and 15 to 30 minutes overnight (midnight to 6:00am).
Cross-border coaches provide services between the urban areas of Hong Kong and Macao with xed stopping points, xed routes and fixed schedules. Meanwhile, the shuttle bus route connecting Hong Kong International Airport and Macao border crossing area will provide an alternative route for residents and visitors making their way to Hong Kong International Airport in the near future.
In order to complement the opening of the HKZM Bridge, the Macao border crossing area and its connected roads are now open to traffic, with two bus routes connecting the artificial island.
Hall 26a / Stand 105
For more information about transportation arrangements, please visit: http://www.dsat.gov.mo.