After a 15-minute trip across the bridge, a one-stop border checkpoint would minimise delays for drivers For motorists using the planned bridge across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai, cross-border hold-ups are likely to be a thing of the past. The mainland and both special administrative regions (SARs) would perform immigration and customs checks at a shared checkpoint built on reclaimed land, under a proposal being considered by authorities on both sides of the delta. A source close to Hopewell Holdings said the company had recently raised the proposal with the authorities. Hopewell chairman Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung is the main mover behind the proposed 29km bridge. With the bridge in place, travel between Hong Kong and the west bank of the delta, on a six-lane highway, would take just 15 minutes. The source close to Hopewell said the 'one-stop, three-checks' proposal, using a shared checkpoint on a 900,000 sq metre reclaimed island opposite the Gongbei land crossing between Macau and Zhuhai, had received positive responses from authorities on the mainland and in both SARs. 'The authorities of the three places will put [forward] the proposal for detailed consideration in [a] further feasibility study on the project,' the source said. The source said a shared checkpoint could save drivers between 15 and 30 minutes per trip; drivers crossing the border at Lok Ma Chau currently need up to two hours. A shared border checkpoint will also be set up on the Western Corridor linking Deep Bay and Shekou to simplify passenger clearance. Under Hopewell Holdings' proposal, the bridge would be in two sections either side of a 1.4km tunnel between two artificial islands. 'The distance between the two artificial islands would be wide enough to accommodate aircraft carriers,' the source said. Underpasses would be built in southwestern Zhuhai to connect the bridge with the Beijing-Zhuhai superhighway and the road network serving southwestern China. It is understood the Hong Kong-Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference will discuss the bridge plan at a meeting this weekend. A feasibility study conducted by an institute under the National Development and Reform Commission has explored three possible options for a bridge spanning the Pearl River Delta. The study, which was completed last week, concluded that a Y-shaped bridge linking northern Lantau island to Macau and Zhuhai should go ahead as soon as possible. The other two options are the Lingdingyang bridge proposed by authorities in Zhuhai, part of which has already been built, and a bridge further north, running through Nansha to Shekou. The study was commissioned by the Hong Kong government and the development commission under the State Council. The Hong Kong government's proposal recommends building a Y-shaped link from San Shek Wan, north of Chek Lap Kok airport, to Macau and Zhuhai. The study says the Y-shaped bridge linking Hong Kong with Zhuhai and Macau would boost the economic development of Hong Kong and the west side of the delta. It is still unclear how soon work could begin on the bridge, or how it would be funded. It would cost an estimated $15 billion and would take three to four years to build. Sir Gordon has pledged to spearhead a consortium to fund the project, and Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun and Sun Hung Kai Properties have expressed interest in investing in it.