Good morning Principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates. I am Choi Sin Ching from class 5B.
Can you discover any changes in the infrastructure of Hong Kong? Recently, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the setting up of the HKSAR. Having lived in Hong Kong for 16 years, it is not rare to see a multitude of new large-scale infrastructure which is being built or will have been completed in the coming years. Today, I would like to share with you about some crucial transport development of Hong Kong.
First and foremost, the new Hong Kong International Airport officially opened on 6 July 1998 and can handle 35 M passengers and 3 M tonnes of cargo a year. A second runway (North Runway) was completed in May 1999, and the Northwest Concourse extension opened in January 2000. By the year 2040, the Airport will reach its ultimate annual capacity of 87 M passengers and 9 M tonnes of freight. Not only has it been evaluated as one of the best airports for 10 times, but it is also one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings.
Second, the Shenzhen Bay Port and the Shenzhen Bay Bridge – also known as the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor – was in operation in 2007. Hong Kong’s immigration and customs facilities are co-located with those of the Mainland at the Shenzhen Bay Port under the co-location arrangement, the first of its kind to be implemented at control points. Under the co-location arrangement at the new control point, coach passengers will only have to get on and off once instead of twice in going through clearance procedures of the two sides, thereby shortening the clearance time by about five to 10 minutes for each traveller. Tourists and locals have more choices of departure in Hong Kong and travel to foreign countries respectively
Apart from the completed construction, a number of new infrastructure will be
accomplished in the coming years. The Guangzhou-Shenzhen- HK Express Rail Link will be completed by the third quarter of 2018 so that we can travel to the Mainland directly instead of by coaches. The Express Rail Link will connect with the 20,000-km National High-speed Railway Network. The Network will comprise four east-west lines and four north-south lines, covering most major Mainland cities and is expected to be completed by 2020. The system will then be the world’s longest and fastest high-speed rail system.
All in all, through the development of world class infrastructure , not only does the economic competitiveness of HK gets enhanced, our living environment also improves. Let’s enjoy the convenience brought by infrastrcture development!