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Transcript of STH's remarks made after funding approval for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge by Finance Committee (1)

     Following is a transcript of remarks (English portion) by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, at a media session after the funding approval for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council today (November 18):

Secretary for Transport and Housing: I welcome the funding approval by the Finance Committee today for the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, as well as the Hong Kong Link Road related to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, as well as funds for the detailed design of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link. I think this reflects the sentiment of Hong Kong people. They don't want these mega infrastructure projects to be delayed incessantly. And they would like to see the benefits accrued to Hong Kong, whether it's in enhancing our competitiveness or in job creation.

     For the three funding approvals today, we are talking about an addition of 14,000 jobs that will be created. So I welcome the funding approval.

     We will now proceed in earnest. We will start work before the end of this year. And then we will try our best to compress the programme. The target right now is to complete these facilities in line with the Main Bridge completion date of 2016.

(To be continued.)

Ends/Friday, November 18, 2011
Issued at HKT 20:09


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