Construction works to extend the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system into Hengqin Island are due to begin by the end of this year.The plan was given the green light yesterday by Niu Jing the Director-General of the Administrative Committee of Henquin New Area.
Niu Jing was quoted as saying , that there would soon be a connection between the transportation systems of the two regions, since “Macau and Zhuhai have reached an agreement. The LRT may go from Taipa, passing through the underwater tunnel, to reach the Hengqin Island, and then there will be a connection made with the Zhuhai metro. It has been decided.” Niu Jing also stated that the Macau government would support the construction works, which will hopefully be underway by the end of this year.
Moreover, a working group has been assembled in order to discuss and plan this LRT extension, which will come under the coordination of the Public Works department. Hengqin. Niu Jing has made the assurance that, while developing Hengqin, priority will be given to Macau and its projects.
Last April, 33 Macau-backed projects were recommended to Hengqin authorities for the Guangdong-Macau Cooperation Industrial Park, which spans 4.5 square kilometers. Yesterday, seven of these projects were officiated. Combining for an area of 293.3 square meters, the seven projects represent a total investment of around RMB719 million. Moreover, Hengqin has signed other contracts granting parcels of land to accommodate 48 industrial projects.