HONG KONG lawmakers this week backed plans for three highway projects worth more than £3bn, including the 5.9km bridge linking the western New Territories with Shenzhen in mainland China.
The Shenzhen bridge, a 5.9km combined causeway and cablestayed structure, will connect with the £632M, 5.4km Deep Bay link where the bridge makes landfall at Ngau Hom Shek on the north western tip of the New Territories.
But the schemes, which include the £2bn northern section of Route 10, still face a rocky ride through next month’s Hong Kong Legislative Council finance committee meeting.
About £24M of detailed design and construction fees hinge on the outcome of the 8 March meeting.
But there is uncertainty about the Route 10 extension after lawmakers on the public works subcommittee voted by a narrow six to four margin in favour of the project.
This came after more than half the 25-strong group failed to turn up to vote, leaving some political insiders to believe the government had used strong arm tactics to encourage legislators to stay away.