Editorial﹕Long queues at HZMB port

【明報專訊】TRAFFIC flow on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge reached a new high on the first Sunday after its opening, with long queues forming at Hong Kong Port. Despite the frequent deployment of shuttle buses by their operator, crowds of people remained stranded for a long time, and some complained that they had been waiting for more than two hours. The SAR government had put much effort into controlling traffic flow to prevent congestion in the vicinity of Northern Lantau Island. But its plan to control the flow of people was not well-thought-out. Early into the bridge's operation, the shuttle buses (the so-called "golden buses") are already hitting a bottleneck, which is a reflection of the government's inadequate preparations and problematic responses to unexpected issues. The SAR government must remedy the situation and coordinate with the governments of Zhuhai and Macao and operators of shuttle buses as well as cross-border buses to study how to cope with the sudden surge of passenger flow in holidays.