Hong Kong and Shenzhen will have a second joint border-crossing facility operational by 2002, once the Huanggang-Lok Ma Chau port is renovated, according to officials. This follows the example of the West Kowloon train station, where customs and immigration facilities from both sides are housed inside the same building.
A temporary inspection site is expected to be open by late January next year, shortly after the Lunar New Year holidays, but it will only be able to handle 30,000 daily passengers. Once the permanent facility is ready, the number will reach 200,000. At present, it handles around 80,000, and at the peak, around 100,000.
Cargo will no longer run through this port, however, as the recently opened Liantang port to the east had eased demand for trucking facilities. The new port will have a range of other facilities, and will be part of a major project in the area designed to boost collaboration between Shenzhen and Hong Kong companies engaged in science and technology innovation.
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