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Bridge traffic sets a new record for Zhuhai Port 

The surge in vehicles has been attributed to both the holiday period and growing familiarity with the Greater Bay Area’s transport connections.

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The number of vehicles travelling through Zhuhai Port on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge exceeded 16,000 on Christmas Day – a new daily record, according to the Global Times.

The surge was due to the Winter Solstice-Christmas holiday period, which reportedly saw 45,500 vehicles inspected at Zhuhai Port between Saturday and Monday. Some 308,000 passenger trips were recorded.

One Beijing-based academic told Global Times that the bridge’s increasing traffic flows also reflected deepening integration within the Greater Bay Area.

[See more: Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge tours have been sold out until January]

On Saturday, Zhuhai Port launched a new mobile inspection facility that reduced average peak-period wait times by 20-30 percent.

The port has inspected more than 15.8 million passengers so far this year, and 3.17 million vehicles – respectively a 1.25 and 3.75-fold increase on the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.

More than 35,400 Hong Kong single-plate vehicles are meanwhile registered at the port, about 1.3 times the number of Macao single-plate vehicles, the Global Times says.

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