The Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Control Point, the seventh border control point between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, will be completed this year, and the two cities will discuss the date for the inauguration, according to an official in Hong Kong.
At the LegCo meeting Wednesday, Wong Wai-lun, secretary for development of the HKSAR Government, said 85 percent of the checkpoint project had been completed and 97 percent of the road project connecting to the checkpoint had been completed. The installation of equipment and testing are under way.
It is estimated the daily passenger turnover at the initial stage of the checkpoint will reach 17,500 trips a day, and vehicle turnover will reach 7,700 a day. The checkpoint in eastern Luohu will divert passenger and vehicle flows from Shatoujiao and Wenjindu checkpoints.
At the panel discussion of the 2nd session of the 13th Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress, Luo Yude, head of the Luohu District Government, suggested implementing a 24-hour border-crossing rule at the checkpoint when it is put into operation in 2019.
Shenzhen checkpoints handle about 40 percent of the exit and entry travelers among checkpoints in China, and the number of cross-border travelers through Shenzhen continues to rise.
“At present, only Huanggang Checkpoint has applied the 24-hour border-crossing rule and this won’t be able to meet the integration development of the city cluster into the Greater Bay Area,” Luo said at the panel discussion.
Besides Liantang Checkpoint, Luo thinks Shenzhen Checkpoint should also implement such a rule due to the sharp increase in the number of passengers and vehicles in recent years.