The Western Harbour Crossing
, 西隧) is a dual 3-lane immersed tube tunnel
in Hong Kong
. It is the third tunnel to cross Victoria Harbour
, linking the newly reclaimed land in West Kowloon
with Sai Ying Pun
on Hong Kong Island
. It was constructed by the Western Harbour Tunnel Company Limited
(WHTCL) on a 30 year franchise (1993–2023) build-operate-transfer (BOT) model proposed by the Government.
WHTCL's single largest shareholder is The Crossing-Harbour (Holdings) Limited 港通控股有限公司 SEHK: 0032, holding a 50% stake in WHTCL. Its other shareholders are CITIC Pacific Limited
中信泰富有限公司 SEHK: 0267 and Kerry Properties Limited
嘉里建設有限公司 SEHK: 0683 which hold 35% and 15% effective interests in WHTCL respectively through a joint venture company.
The Western Harbour Crossing is part of the Airport Core Programme
which was a comprehensive set of infrastructure projects associated with the airport
at Chek Lap Kok
. The tunnel carries on the Route 3
designation from the West Kowloon Highway
, and connects to Route 4
on Hong Kong Island.
Problems with the Tunnel
The Western Harbour Crossing is known in Hong Kong for the high tolls charged to users. With tolls ranging from HKD 23-$115, it is much more expensive than the nearby government owned Cross Harbour Tunnel
, which tolls range from HKD 8-$30. Therefore, much of the traffic that would normally go though the Western Harbour Crossing has now switched to the Cross Harbour... Read More