Rethink on closure of Man Kam To crossing

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 March, 2010, 12:00am

The closed Man Kam To border crossing is set to reopen - with limits - to the public under a new arrangement by the mainland authorities.

The mainland has agreed in principle to provide a clearance for travellers using a limited cross-boundary coach service between Sheung Shui and Man Kam To during rush hours, a Hong Kong government spokesman said in press release on a government website last night.

The department concerned was working out the details with the cross-boundary bus service providers, he said, adding that there would be an announcement once the service was confirmed.

North District residents reacted angrily to the closure of the border checkpoint from February 22 for 21/2 years due to renovations on the Shenzhen side, where the checkpoint is called Wenjindu port.

Clearance services for passengers, including cross-boundary buses and private cars, will be suspended, but buses carrying cross-border schoolchildren and trucks are unaffected.

Residents were angered by the lack of publicity and consultation on the closure. A notice came in a Hong Kong government press release 11 days before it closed.