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World’s longest bridge open for authorized vechicles

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HONG KONG, Oct. 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Cars run on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Oct. 24, 2018. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, opened to public traffic at 9 a.m. Wednesday. (Xinhua/Wang Shen/IANS) by .
Cars run on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Authorized vehicles began ply on a 55-kilometre cross-sea bridge and tunnel linking mainland China with Hong Kong and Macau…reports Asian Lite News

ZHUHAI, Oct. 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Cars run on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Oct. 24, 2018. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, opened to public traffic at 9 a.m. Wednesday. (Xinhua/Liang Xu/IANS) by .
Cars run on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Designed to encourage economic integration in the Pearl River Delta region, the project consists of a series of bridges and tunnels that connect the cities in an estimated 40 minutes, reducing journey time by several hours.

From 9 a.m. onwards, buses and vehicles, authorized by the government, began travelling on the world’s longest bridge, which was inaugurated by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday following years of delays, cost overruns and political tensions.

ZHUHAI, Oct. 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Cars from Zhuhai heading to Hong Kong run on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Oct. 24, 2018. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, opened to public traffic at 9 a.m. Wednesday. (Xinhua/Liang Xu/IANS) by .
Cars from Zhuhai heading to Hong Kong run on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

The bridge begins in Lantau island in Hong Kong and ends at an artificial island built between Macau and Zhuhai where immigration control offices are located, connected through underwater links.

The authorities were still testing systems to streamline immigration checks with facial recognition cameras and fingerprint scanners, which would do away with the need for drivers to display their papers everytime they used the link.