Date
28 May 2017
When the track is finished, cyclists will be able to bike all the way from Tuen Mun to Ma on Shan. Photo: HKEJ
When the track is finished, cyclists will be able to bike all the way from Tuen Mun to Ma on Shan. Photo: HKEJ

Cost to build Yuen Long-Sheung Shui cycle track soars 66%

The Civil Engineering and Development Department estimates the construction cost of an 11 kilometer section of the New Territories Cycle Track Network at HK$890 million, two-thirds more than was estimated in 2013.

The government is seeking approval from the Legislative Council next month for funding of the proposed section of the bicycle network, which connects Yuen Long with Sheung Shui, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Construction could begin this year and be completed by 2019.

With the new section in place, cyclists could travel on their bikes from Tuen Mun all the way to Sheung Shui, via Yuen Long, Mai Po and Kwu Tung.

The network could reach Ma On Shan in the east via Fanling, Tai Po and Sha Tin.

The department first proposed the cycle network in 2008.

It would connect the eastern and western parts of the New Territories from Ma On Shan to Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan with a 112 kilometer bicycle track, with 70 kilometers of the network needing to be built.

The large-scale project began in 2009 in different phases and was scheduled to finish by different dates, starting from 2011.

The Audit Commission later discovered that the completion of the Ma On Shan to Sheung Shui section had been delayed by 20 months to March 2014 from the original target of July 2012.

Legislator Tang Ka-piu from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said he would support the allocation of funds for the cycle network so as to avoid delaying construction work and a subsequent increase in cost.

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