The Eastern Harbour Crossing<!--Tunnel-->
, abbreviated as "EHC" (東隧), is a tunnel in Hong Kong
. It is a combined road and MTR
rail link under Victoria Harbour
between Quarry Bay
in Hong Kong Island
and Cha Kwo Ling
The Hong Kong Government
negotiated with several consortia to adopt the Build-Operate-Transfer
(BOT) model in planning new tunnels in different parts of the city.
In 1986, the government gave New Hong Kong Tunnel the right to run the Tunnel on a 30-year franchise with lease expiring in August 2016. The tunnel features two components, a road part and a rail part:
The powerful Chinese investment group CITIC Pacific
is interested in both parts, controlling the road part (71% stake) and has a 50% stake in the rail part. CITIC also controls 50% of the Western Harbour Tunnel Company
According to the operator, in 2003, a total number of 26,018,772 vehicles used the Eastern Harbour Tunnel. The average daily throughput was 71,284.
There are many cross-harbour bus routes that travel through the Eastern Harbour Crossing, operated by Kowloon......