Source: Hong Kong Information Services
The Transport & Housing Bureau today announced that the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link (TM-CLKL) Northern Connection will be commissioned on December 27.
The bureau explained that to reduce the cost incurred by the public, the Government will waive the toll of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel and the Lantau Link from that day.
The TM-CLKL comprises the Northern Connection and Southern Connection. The Northern Connection is 5.5 kilometres long, of which about 5 km is the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel, a subsea road tunnel connecting Tuen Mun South and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong Port.
The Southern Connection was opened to traffic in October 2018.
The bureau emphasised that the TM-CLKL connects the Northwest New Territories, the HZMB, North Lantau and the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Upon its full commissioning, the TM-CLKL will offer a more direct route of much shorter driving distance between the Northwest New Territories and Lantau. The journey time from Tuen Mun South to the HKIA will be reduced by about 20 minutes.
Moreover, the TM-CLKL will provide an alternative road access between the HKIA and the urban area in addition to the Lantau Link. It will help divert traffic to and from Lantau, thus creating an opportunity for waiving the tolls of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel and the Lantau Link.
The toll waiver for the new tunnel and the Lantau Link is to reduce the cost incurred by the public, public transport operators and transport trades, the bureau said.
The bureau added that the works for the Northern Connection are in the final stage, such as the replacement of existing traffic signs to match with the commissioning of the Northern Connection and the toll-free arrangement of the Lantau Link.