Wasteful road-only bridge will not benefit Hong Kong’s economy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 7:39pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 7:39pm

I refer to the report (“Not a bridge too far, say the experts”, November 20) on the South China Morning Post debate on the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

I find the positive views imparted by the panel members a result of vested interests and wishful thinking.

No one has conscientiously considered the massive cost for an infrastructure that will have limited use. These billions should be put to far better uses, such as a proper provident fund for the citizens who have contributed to the growth of Hong Kong during their lifetimes.

The cost of the bridge has skyrocketed to HK$117 billion, and is still climbing because these experts cannot fix a completion date, as so many variables are still floating.

Naturally the engineers are loving it, and it doesn’t seem to bother them that each “small hiccup” costs Hong Kong taxpayers a few extra billion dollars.

It seems to be a bridge for the elite to be able to drive their limos to their golf courses and their casinos a little faster. But it will have little positive impact for the Hong Kong economy, as most of the goods for export distribution will use mainland facilities that are either presently operating, or will be operational by the time that this bridge is commissioned – sometime after 2020.

The present ferry services are adequate and well established.

A member of the panel uses the example of the Oresund Bridge linking Malmo to Copenhagen to promote the value of this infrastructure.

This connection between Sweden and Denmark was completely validated by extensive research, and importantly provides a rail link.

The road-only Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau link is a bridge for the sake of a bridge and it is truly surprising how little vision has been applied in its location, transport modes and design.

P. C. Law, Quarry Bay