Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun dismissed rumors that a light rail system will be built on Lantau Island, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
According to a media report, a government consultant has decided to focus its study on the feasibility of building a light rail route connecting Tung Chung and Tai O on Lantau Island, instead of building roads.
Reacting to the report, Wong said the Civil Engineering and Development Department did commission a consultancy study on how to further develop the island in July this year.
The consulting firm will study how to improve the island’s transportation system by looking at all sides of the issue and will not come up with its suggestions until 2019 at the earliest, Wong said.
As such, it is too early to say whether a light rail route will be built, he added.
Director of Civil Engineering and Development Lam Sai-hung said the study will focus on the island’s inward and outward connections, including land and sea-based systems.
The island’s transport needs and handling capacity will also be evaluated, Lam said.
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