Transport: Road Infrastructure (P. 70)
- The Government is pressing ahead with a number of major road infrastructure projects. The Central-Wanchai Bypass and the Island Eastern Corridor Link is targeted for commissioning in end 2018 or the first quarter of 2019, and the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel in 2021. In addition, we hope to obtain early funding approval from the LegCo for constructing the Central Kowloon Route. We will also take forward the construction of the Cross Bay Link in Tseung Kwan O as well as the widening of Tai Po Road (Sha Tin Section) in order to meet the transport needs in different districts in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (P. 72)
- We will continue to press full steam ahead with another external land transport infrastructure project of Hong Kong – the construction of the Hong Kong Section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) – to dovetail with the commissioning of the HZMB. We will announce the commissioning date of the entire HZMB as soon as possible subject to factors such as the implementation of cross-boundary traffic measures, the results of the discussion among the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and the subsequent reporting to the HZMB Central Task Force.
City Management: Building Safety (P. 74)
- There are over 5,000 residential and composite buildings aged 50 years or more in Hong Kong. Without timely inspection and maintenance, they will pose hazards to both the residents and passers-by. To further safeguard public safety, the Government plans to launch “Operation Building Bright 2.0” at a cost of around $3 billion. The initiative will adopt a risk-based approach, with a focus on the most needy owners and providing more targeted assistance. Subsidy will be provided to owner-occupiers of aged residential or composite buildings with rateable values not exceeding the prescribed level for undertaking primarily inspections of their buildings and repair works as required under the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme.
Environment and Nature Conservation: Climate Change and Energy (P. 76)
- Among others, the Climate Change Working Group on Infrastructure co-ordinates the effort of works departments in combating climate change. Such effort includes reviewing the design standards of infrastructure and the resilience of existing infrastructure, and updating them as necessary to enhance protection against extreme weather. The Government will also continue to put in more effort for carrying out analysis of climate change, making forecasts on extreme weather and promoting disaster preparedness in order to enhance the city’s resilience against climate change.
Steve Root, Director, The Contracts Group
Based in Hong Kong, The Contracts Group specialises in the provision of expert contractual & commercial consultancy services for the construction industry in China, Asia and worldwide.
Latest posts by Contributing Authors (see all)
- We mean business in climate action – November 8, 2018
- Don’t undervalue PRL sports clubs’ economic and wider contributions to Hong Kong – October 4, 2018
- A World Cities Summit without Asia’s World City? – July 25, 2018