As project co-ordination adviser for the crossing, Grant Robertson monitored the work progress on behalf of the shareholders of the Western Harbour Tunnel Company. Mr Robertson, a director of Ove Arup and Partners, said his company was awarded the contract during the early stages of construction to provide confidence to the shareholders and to ensure programmes were being achieved when progress reports were issued. He said Ove Arup's technical resources had offered back up and added engineering input to the project. As major developers, the tunnel company had felt there was a need to have its interests represented and have a direct channel of communication with the constructors and various interested parties. Mr Robertson said the role of co-ordination adviser also included making quarterly progress reports to the bankers and lenders of the project, having technical meetings with the highways and transport departments and securing licences for land use, which was the responsibility of the franchisee. 'The advantage of having a good work relationship between the franchisee and the contractors meant we were able to advise where we foresaw problems, or comment on issues that needed to be addressed. These points were then resolved quickly and efficiently to the satisfaction of both parties without hindering the progress of the construction work,' Mr Robertson said. The time span for constructing the tunnel and associated road works had been sufficient to allow contractors to overcome problems and to plan ahead without having to panic. 'The result of good planning put into operation by good management has led to the construction of a harbour crossing that is going to have a dramatic impact on the traffic patterns of Hong Kong,' Mr Robertson said. The Western Harbour Crossing, with its three lanes, was a viable alternative to the existing tunnels because it offered direct access to the major points of business and population density. 'It will be a long time before the WHC, with its large traffic capacity, will feel congestion. This will make drivers feel they are travelling faster and be more relaxed about making trips across the harbour,' he said.