Route 8 (Hong Kong)

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Route 8
Tsing Sha Highway (Sha Tin T3, Tai Wai Tunnel, Sha Tin Heights Tunnel, Eagle's Nest Tunnel, Lai Chi Kok Viaduct, Stonecutters Bridge, Nam Wan Tunnel), Lantau Link (Tsing Ma Bridge, Ma Wan Viaduct, Kap Shui Mun Bridge), North Lantau Highway
Route 8 coloured red
Route information
Maintained by Highways Department
Length33.1 km (20.6 mi)
32.6 kilometres (20.3 mi) eastbound
Existed1997–present
Major junctions
East end Route 9 in Sha Tin Town Centre
Major intersections Route 7 near Lai Chi Kok
Route 3 in Cheung Sha Wan
Route 3 in Tsing Yi
Penny's Bay Highway near Sunny Bay/Yam O
West endAirport Road near Hong Kong International Airport
Location
CountryChina
Special administrative regionHong Kong
DistrictsSha Tin, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan, Islands
Highway system
Route 7 Route 9
Knitting bridges interchange of Route 8 and Route 3 at the border of Cheung Sha Wan and Lai Chi Kok

Route 8 (Chinese: 八號幹線) of Hong Kong is a dual 3-lane carriageway motorway that links Lantau Island, Tsing Yi Island, Cheung Sha Wan in West Kowloon, and Sha Tin in the southeast New Territories of Hong Kong. It is a combination of many sections.

The section from Lantau to Tsing Yi is made up of the existing North Lantau Highway and Lantau Link, which opened in 1997. Route 8 becomes Airport Road at Chek Lap Kok.

The section between Tsing Yi and Cheung Sha Wan, formerly known as Route 9, is a 7.6 km (4.7 mi) dual 3-lane expressway. This section consists of the Stonecutters Bridge, which spans the Rambler Channel from Stonecutters Island and links with the Lantau Link through the Nam Wan Tunnel and West Tsing Yi viaduct and was opened on 20 December 2009. This section provides traffic with a more direct route to the Lantau Link, particularly vehicles from Tsim Sha Tsui and Western Harbour Crossing, previously vehicles had to use Route 3 (Cheung Tsing Bridge and Cheung Tsing Tunnel).

The remaining section links Cheung Sha Wan and Tai Wai, formerly known as Route 16. It is composed of the Eagle's Nest Tunnel and Sha Tin Heights Tunnel, totalling 6.7 km (4.2 mi) in length and connecting Route 9 at its Sha Tin terminus. It was opened on 21 March 2008.[1][2]

Areas passed through by Route 8 include Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ma Wan, Tsing Yi, West Kowloon, and Sha Tin.

Route 8 also connects with Route 3, Route 7, and Route 9.

History[edit]

The current Route 8 section was planned in 1990, in line with the Airport Core Programme. The section from Chek Lap Kok to Tsing Yi is called Route 9; the section from Tsing Yi to Sha Tin is called Route 16. The former was opened to traffic on 22 May 1997, including North Lantau Highway, Kap Shui Mun Bridge and Tsing Ma Bridge.

In November 2002, the construction of Route 16 (now Route 8 from Tsing Yi section to Sha Tin section) began. On 31 January 2004, according to the Third generation of Route number system, Route 9 and Route 16 were merged into Route 8. Among them, the Nam Wan Tunnel was completed as early as 25 February 2005, but it was opened to traffic only after the completion of the Stonecutters Bridge.

In 2008, the section between Cheung Sha Wan and Sha Tin of Route 8 was completed and was named Tsing Sha Highway. The Community Chest held the New Territories Million Walk on this section on February 24. The Tsing Sha Highway was opened to traffic on March 21.

In 2009, the section between Cheung Sha Wan and Tsing Yi section of Route 8 was completed, and the Community Chest held a million trip on the Stonecutters Bridge and the Nam Wan Tunnel on 15 November. The remaining section of the Tsing Sha Highway was opened to traffic on 20 December, and the same day also marked the full opening of the Route 8.

Observed roads and exits[edit]

Westbound towards Chek Lap Kok Eastbound towards Sha Tin
Exit Destination Exit Destination
Sha Tin (intersection with Route 9)
Tsing Sha Highway
1 Mei Tin Road

Tai Wai

1 Mei Tin Road

Tai Wai, Route 9 clockwise to Tsuen Wan via Shing Mun Tunnels

1A Tai Po Road

Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok

Tai Wai Tunnel
1B Che Kung Miu Road

Hin Tin, Ma On Shan

Sha Tin Heights Tunnel
Eagle's Nest Tunnel
Lai Chi Kok Viaduct
1C Ching Cheung Road (westbound)

Route 7 westbound to Kwai Chung

2A Lai Wan Interchange

Cheung Sha Wan and Hong Kong (West) (Route 3 southbound)

2B West Kowlooon Highway

Route 3 southbound to Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong

2C Container Port Road South

Stonecutters Island

2D Container Port Road South

Stonecutters Island

Stonecutters Bridge
3 Tsing Yi Road

Tsing Yi, Container Terminal 9

3 Tsing Yi Road

Tsing Yi, Container Terminal 9

Nam Wan Tunnel
3A Ting Kau Bridge

Route 3 northbound to Yuen Long via Tai Lam Tunnel

4A Cheung Tsing Tunnel

Route 3 southbound to Hong Kong West, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung

4B Ting Kau Bridge

Route 3 northbound to Yuen Long via Tai Lam Tunnel

Tsing Ma Bridge
4C Ma Wan Road

Ma Wan (with authorized permit only)

Kap Shui Mun Bridge
North Lantau Highway
5 Penny's Bay Highway

Disneyland and Sunny Bay

5 Penny's Bay Highway

Disneyland and Sunny Bay

5A Shun Long Road

Tuen Mun, Zhuhai, Macao

6 Siu Ho Wan Depot 6 Siu Ho Wan Depot
6A Shun Long Road

Tuen Mun, Zhuhai, Macao

6B Yu Tung Road

Tung Chung Town Centre

6C Tung Chung Waterfront Road

Tung Chung North

Hong Kong International Airport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "八號幹線沙田至長沙灣通車". Mingpao. 21 March 2008. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Route 8 between Cheung Sha Wan and Sha Tin". Highways Department. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2008.

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