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Government to learn from bridge experience

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The government will be exploring ways to improve its emergency response arrangements after an incident that led to the Tsing Ma Bridge and the Kap Shui Mun Bridge being closed for two hours on Friday night, according to www.news.gov.hk.

The barge that hit the bridge ‘exceeded height limits,’ said chief executive CY Leung, although an inspection showed that no structural damage was done to the bridge.

The closure caused chaos for commuters, with no road or MTR access to the airport and many having to come through Discovery Bay to get to the airport.

The DB ferries became overcrowded, with lines to get on board at the Central end spilling out towards the road.

Flights were delayed while airlines waited for passengers to get to the airport.

In the wake of the incident, the government is reviewing its response policies and will use the experience to ensure an even swifter response in the future.

The bridge closure has raised questions as to how one of the world’s best airports can become inaccessible by road and how Lantau Island can become virtually cut off from the rest of Hong Kong.

The government has cited the Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Link as the answer to this issue when it opens in around three years time.

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