Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony Cheung today said the Government will boost contingency measures to deal with any full closure of the Lantau Link.
Speaking after an inter-departmental meeting on last week’s Kap Shui Mun Bridge closure, Mr Cheung said the Government has decided that in future, once the bridges’ safety warning is activated, all relevant departments and organisations, including the Airport Authority and the MTR Corporation, will be notified immediately.
This can facilitate the early notification of the public and minimise inconvenience to commuters, Prof Cheung said, adding the Transport Department and the Airport Authority will consider ways to boost information dissemination
The Transport Department will review whether it can expedite the availability of emergency ferry services to Lantau Island.
The Airport Authority will investigate the feasibility of adjusting the airport’s Skypier, which normally serves ports on the Mainland and in Macau, for local transport use in an emergency.
The Marine Department has boosted patrols around the bridges to promote safety. It has also meet with the local shipping trade to ensure it is well informed about height limits.
He said the Government recognises the need to provide an additional land connection to improve Lantau’s connectivity, and the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link will be completed in 2018 providing an extra land route.
The Government has also started considering the construction of Route 11 connecting Yuen Long and North Lantau.
Bridge contingency plan to be enhanced