Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Corridor

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Route 10

Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Corridor
Part of Route 10
Route information
Length: 5.5 km (3.4 mi)
Existed: 2007 – present
Major junctions
South end: Tuen Mun (near Ngau Hom Shek)
  1 in total;
后海路 in Shekou
North end: Shekou
Location
Major cities: Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Highway system
Hong Kong Strategic Route and Exit Number System
Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor
深港西部通道
Tsw9.JPG
Bridge at sunset
Official name Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor
Carries 6 lanes highway
Crosses Deep Bay, Hong Kong
Locale Yuen Long, Hong Kong and Dongjiaotou, Shenzhen
Design Cable-stayed bridge
Total length 5,500 m (18,045 ft)
Width 6 lanes with shoulder
Longest span 210 m (689 ft)
Opened 1 July 2007
Toll 0
Coordinates 22°28′17″N 113°57′38″E / 22.47139°N 113.96056°E / 22.47139; 113.96056Coordinates: 22°28′17″N 113°57′38″E / 22.47139°N 113.96056°E / 22.47139; 113.96056
Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Corridor
Simplified Chinese 深港西部通道
Traditional Chinese 深港西部通道

The Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Corridor is a 5.5-kilometre (or 3-mile), dual three-lane carriageway in Hong Kong, connecting Ngau Hom Shek, Hong Kong to an area leased by Hong Kong at Dongjiaotou, which is geographically located in southwestern Shenzhen, a city of mainland China. It connects Hong Kong with the border crossing facilities on its border with mainland China, the Shenzhen Bay Control Point.

The carriageway, together with the Kong Sham Western Highway (formerly known as Deep Bay Link), are part of the Route 10 of the Hong Kong trunk road numbering system, and part of China G4 Jinggang'ao (Beijing - Hong Kong - Macau) Expressway for the 1.6 km section north of Hong Kong - China border.

Construction of the highway bridge began in 2003. The 3.2-kilometre, or 2-mile, Hong Kong section was completed in 2005. The corridor was scheduled for completion in 2006 but owing to the delay in the construction of the Shenzhen section and legal issues about applying the law of Hong Kong in co-location of immigration and customs facilities of Hong Kong and mainland China in Dongjiaotou[citation needed], it was officially opened on 1 July 2007 by President Hu Jintao of the PRC and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Donald Tsang.

The bridge was constructed separately by Hong Kong and mainland China, according to the maritime border. Upon its opening, the Shenzhen Section of the bridge, along with the Shenzhen Bay Control Point, were leased to Hong Kong and made under Hong Kong's jurisdiction for an initial period until 30 June 2047. As such, Hong Kong laws, including traffic laws, instead of the laws of the PRC, apply on the whole bridge and within the control point.

The biggest section of the link is the 4,770 m (15,650 ft) bridge spanning the Deep Bay. The cable-stayed bridge allows for the southern and northern navigation channels of the Sham Chun River. It can handle 58,600 vehicles and 60,000 cross-boundary tourists per day. The border crossing facilities in Dongjiaotou are separated managed by the Customs and Excise Department and Immigration Department of Hong Kong, and the China Customs.

The biggest operator of the transport corridor is the Gammon Construction-Skanska-MBEC joint venture.

Chinese and Hong Kong Immigration co-location[edit]

The Hong Kong Government has to pay rent to Shenzhen government for the use of the area, amounting to about HK$5million per year. The rental agreement lasts until 30 June 2047.[1]

Transport[edit]

Close-up view of the bridge

Four public bus routes run on this corridor. They are operated by the New Lantao Bus Company and Citybus.

A green public light bus route, 618, also operates from Tin Shui Wai new town.

Hong Kong taxis, minibuses and cross-border buses are allowed access to the corridor; private vehicles must have the correct permit to use the corridor.

References[edit]

Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Corridor
Hong Kong Route 10 Chronology
HK Route10.svg
Preceded by
Western Terminus
Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Corridor Succeeded by
Kong Sham Western Highway