Strategic Transport Infrastructure
The KYCAI provides a good opportunity for us to plan a network of strategic transport infrastructure (i.e. The Hong Kong Island West – Northeast Lantau Link and Hong Kong Island West – Hung Shui Kiu Rail Link) with a view to improving Hong Kong’s overall transportation network. The preliminary proposal of the strategic transport infrastructure can meet the traffic demands of the KYCAI development and greatly enhance the connectivity of Hong Kong’s transportation network. The alignments of the strategic transport infrastructure are preliminarily proposed to connect the existing and planned major roads and rails for facilitating linkage with Hong Kong International Airport, Zhuhai and Macau to the west, Qianhai, Shenzhen and Northern Metropolis to the north, West Kowloon to the east and Hong Kong Island West and Central to the south. The entire transportation network will extend in all directions.
The Hong Kong Island West – Northeast Lantau Link
- The Hong Kong Island West – Northeast Lantau Link (HKIW – NEL Link), comprising southern and northern sections, is about 13 km long in total. The HKIW – NEL Link will be the first major trunk road connecting Hong Kong Island and the Northwest New Territories without passing Kowloon and will improve Hong Kong’s overall transportation network.
- The preliminary proposal for the southern section of the HKIW – NEL Link, as the fourth road harbour crossing, will be in the form of a sub-sea tunnel connecting the KYCAI with Route 4 on Hong Kong Island West. Drawing reference to overseas experience, it is proposed that the HKIW – NEL Link will land on Island C in view of avoiding the commercial land on Island A being occupied by the HKIW – NEL Link. To enhance the connectivity of the CBD, we also propose a slip road connecting the HKIW – NEL Link with the CBD on Island A.
- The northern section of HKIW – NEL Link will connect KYCAI with the planned Route 11 and Tsing Yi – Lantau Link via viaducts and/or tunnels in the preliminary design. In addition, it is proposed constructing a road near Penny’s Bay for connection with the North Lantau Highway. This design is to cope with the actual site constraints and technical difficulty encountered if connecting the HKIW – NEL Link with the planned Route 11, Tsing Yi – Lantau Link and North Lantau Highway at a single interchange.
- We propose commencing the reclamation works and the construction of
the HKIW – NEL Link concurrently, and strive to complete the HKIW – NEL Link in 2033 so as to support the land formation works and to suit the target of having the first population intake in the same year.
Hong Kong Island West – Hung Shui Kiu Rail Link
- With the development of Northern Metropolis proposed in 2021 Policy Address, the Government is actively planning the Hong Kong – Shenzhen Western Rail Link, connecting Hung Shui Kiu and Qianhai, to facilitate connections between Hong Kong and Shenzhen and foster the integrated development among Hong Kong and the GBA cities with better interconnectivity.
- Taking this opportunity, we propose extending the strategic railway to
Hung Shui Kiu for connection with the planned Hong Kong – Shenzhen Western Rail Link (Hung Shui Kiu to Qianhai) so as to strengthen the connections among the KYCAI, the Northern Metropolis and the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Rail Link, thus effectively enhance the strategic position of the KYCAI and the connectivity of Hong Kong rail network.
- The Hong Kong Island West - Hung Shui Kiu Rail Link (HKIW - HSK Rail Link) is about 30 km long which comprises a station on Island A and Island C respectively. The HKIW – HSK Rail Link will pass through Hong Kong Island West, the KYCAI, Sunny Bay, Tuen Mun East and Hung Shui Kiu in the Northern Metropolis for connection with the planned Hong Kong – Shenzhen Western Rail Link (Hung Shui Kiu to Qianhai).
- In order to enhance the connectivity of Hong Kong rail network, we preliminarily propose several interchange stations along the rail link for passengers transferring to the Island Line via Hong Kong University Station, the Tung Chung Line via Sunny Bay Station and the Tuen Ma Line via Hung Shui Kiu Station. We will also explore the feasbility of interchanging with the Island Line at Kennedy Town with a view to enhancing the railway network.
- Besides, we plan to locate a depot at the proposed reclamation site at Sunny Bay to facilitate daily operations and train deployment, and to allow flexible deployment of trains during emergencies.
Green Mass Transit System on the KYCAI
- To cope with the planning needs and transport demand at the KYCAI, our preliminary proposal is to link up the three artificial islands by a green mass transit system. Land will be reserved for a depot at Island C. Passengers from this mass transit system can interchange with the HKIW – HSK Rail Link at suitable location(s) on the islands.
- Each living community on the KYCAI will be supported by a new generation of transport interchange hub allowing a centralised connection with public transport with different transport modes to connect the living communities and provide effective patronage coverage on the KYCAI.
- We will review and formulate the transport mode, alignment and location of depot at the next stage of planning.