The ongoing Hong Kong-Macau-Zuhai project being built across the Pearl River might not be opening on schedule at the end of 2016, as the transport minister of Hong Kong has announced a possible project completion delay of the city’s boundary crossing facilities and connecting works.
“It seems to me that Hong Kong’s boundary crossing facilities and connecting works cannot be finished in 2016,”
Anthony Cheung Bing Leung The Secretary for Transport and Housing stated at a meeting with the Legislative Council on Friday. An update of the completion date will only be announced after a review to be finished by the Highways Department, Mr. Cheung added.
The Secretary for Transport made the remarks on top of the Hong Kong government’s request to inject an extra HK$5.46 billion into the project on Friday, for which the Legislative Council has signalled its support. Accounting for cost rises in machinery, materials and labour for the requested budget increase, this additional injection will mean that a total of nearly HK$35.9 billion is to be spent on the reclaiming and developing of the artificial island off Lantau that is to host immigration facilities for the bridge.