Macau will be linked, in the future, to the high-speed rail network in China following the construction of underwater tunnel to the border post on Hengqin Island, as part of the development of the overground light railway, the Chief Executive of the special administrative region announced on Tuesday.
Presenting the lines of government action for 2020 to the legislative assembly, Ho Iat Seng underlined that the light railway system would not properly carry out its function if it only had the Taipa Line and announced for this year, the launch of the consultation on the East Line, with a view to starting work on the Seac Pai Van Line and the Hengqin Line that will connect to Macau’s neighbouring island.
He added that the plan is for the East Line to pass through the Zone E (next to the airport) and Zone A of the new landfill sites (located next to the terminal of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge), connecting to the Portas do Cerco border post, and that the plan will also be subject to public consultation.
He explained that the idea of the plan is based on underground transportation, like the metro, but the cost of construction work is quite high, and the government has to take into account its sustainability.
The chief executive said that the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region had already submitted the landfill plan for the Pérola Oriental area of the northern zone for the construction of the light railway connection between the area of the new landfill and the Portas do Cerco border post, making it easier for residents to travel on the light railway from the northern zone to Taipa.
Ho Iat Seng said that, due to the impact of the current epidemic, the advantage of the light railway have not been properly explored, but added he was convinced that it will operate effectively as soon as the individual visa policy is back in place.
The Taipa Line of the Macau light railway started operating on 10 December 2019.
The Taipa line, which is 9.3 kilometres long and has 11 stations, not only covers the main residential areas in the centre of Taipa, the old districts and tourist areas, but also connects the three important border posts by sea, land and air into Macau.
The first studies of the Macau light railway system started in 2003 and in 2011 the contract was awarded to Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to supply materials for the construction of the 1st phase of the Macau light railway system. The work now completed began in 2013. (macauhub)