Democratic lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting has accused the government of covering up a downward revision of the estimated traffic flows at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, saying it was an apparent attempt to mislead the public.
He said a consultant’s report submitted in 2008 estimated that 33,000 vehicles and 171,000 passengers would cross the bridge every day by 2030, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
However, a government-commissioned review in 2016 revised the projections to 29,000 vehicles daily, down by 12 percent, and 126,000 passengers per day, down by 26 percent.
The government disclosed the updated estimates to the public for the first time in January this year, or two years after the report came out.
Lam said it is irresponsible for the government to disregard efficiency just because the bridge is about to be commissioned and it had a lot of projects to look after.
The Transport and Housing Bureau said the traffic flow diversion caused by the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge, China’s rapid railway development and the decrease in cross-boundary land freight transport are some of the key factors behind the fall in the projected figures.
The bureau also said it will study how to maximize the utilization of the bridge, along with the other regional governments involved in the project.
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