Border between Macau and mainland China to expand to receive 500,000 people per day

15 October 2007

Macau, China, 15 Oct – The “Portas do Cerco” border post between Macau and Gongbei, in Zhuhai, mainland China, is to be expanded in order to deal with up to 500,000 people per day, officials said.

Currently, the border post can process up to 300,000 people per day.

Work on the post is expected to be completed within 17 months, and it will go into operation in 2009.

The Office for Infrastructure Development said that the Macau government was analyzing 18 proposals put forward after the announcement of a public tender for expanding the border post.

in August, 1.4 million people visited Macau, from mainland China, via the “Portas do Cerco” border post.

17.3 million tourists visited Macau in first eight months of 2007.

The Macau government has recently announced that it will launch a public tender in 2008 for construction of a light railway at a total investment of US$525 million.

Work on the project is expected to begin in the second half of 2008 and be concluded in 2011.

The railway will link the “Portas do Cerco” border post on the Macau peninsula to the sea port of Pac-On on Taipa island next to the airport.

The light railway will have 23 stations, work for 19 hours per day and have a capacity to transport 8,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

Macau has another land border at the Lotus Bridge in the area between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, but which has very little tourist traffic. (macauhub)