Macau (MNA) – The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which officially opens on October 24 at 9:00 am will ensure that the traffic flow from Rotunda da Amizade to the artificial island located in New Area Zone A will be optimised by the use of temporary bridges, according to Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) Chief Li Canfeng on Friday.
Connections will be set up between Rotunda da Amizade, New Area Zone A and Avenida da Ponte da Amizade.
The opening of the bridge will direct traffic from Avenida Norte do Hipódromo to Rotunda da Amizade, and then towards Avenida Leste do Hipodromo.
Li said that DSSOPT will try to implement the traffic plan in 120 days, adding that in future, the traffic flow for the bridge will be eventually increased.
Two bus routes, namely 101X, which connects Macau and the reclaimed area and 102X which runs from 7:00am to 10:00 pm between Taipa and the artificial island will be set up.
A total of 200 shuttle bus trips is anticipated to travel on the bridge.
As previously reported, vehicle quotas for the bridge will apply, with 40 public transport quotas already being awarded on October 5.
A total of 600 private vehicle quotas, with half allocated for individual and half for companies for the Macau side has been previously announced.
In terms of customs clearance, Public Security Police (CPSP) Second Commander Lao Wan Seong told media that there will be a total of 68 customs clearance lanes, including self-service lanes for the whole bridge, which was shown to media during a tour.
Immigration processes will only need to be carried out once, due to the integration between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, with only one step needed for passport reading, and one for biometric information checking.
The border will include 36 entry and exit lanes and 40 customs clearance lanes.
While the customs clearance will take place in 24 hours for in between Hong Kong and Macau, for the opening of the bridge on October 24, it will only run from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
However, the Zhuhai side is still currently unable to issue visas.
The opening ceremony of the bridge will be held on October 23, as reported by the South China Morning Post, with China President Xi Jinping to be said to be attending the ceremony in Zhuhai.
[corrections made to bridge opening date]