Consultancy for Wan Chai Development Phase II awarded

The Territory Development Department (TDD) today (June 4) awarded a consultancy contract, at a cost of about $72.5 million, for the detailed design of the Wan Chai Development Phase II (WDII) project to relieve the traffic congestion in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.

The WDII project, which spans from Lung King Street, Wan Chai, in the west to the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter in the east, is the final phase of the Central and Wan Chai Reclamation.

The project will provide land for essential transport infrastructures, including a trunk road, namely Central-Wan Chai Bypass and the Island Eastern Corridor Link, the MTR North Hong Kong Island Line and the fourth rail harbour crossing -- the Shatin to Central Link.

The consultancy will also cover the detailed design of associated road works including flyovers, footbridges and roads as well as part of the tunnel structure of Central-Wan Chai Bypass passing through Wan Chai.

The design work will start immediately to prepare for the commencement of construction works in mid 2004.

Upon completion of the trunk road and other proposed transport infrastructure, the traffic condition of Wan Chai North and Causeway Bay will be greatly improved.

Besides, the land to be provided for key transport infrastructure and facilities will also pave the way for the creation of an attractive waterfront with open plazas, landscaped areas, and leisure, cultural and entertainment facilities.

The consultancy contract, which would create about 100 job opportunities, was signed today between the Director of Territory Development, Mr Wong Hung-kin and a representative from the consultant, Maunsell Consultants Asia Ltd.

End/Tuesday, June 4, 2002