Ferry operator TurboJet has abandoned the Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal, planning to hand the keys back to the government on 8 June when it formally shutters the Macau-Tuen Mun ferry route.
The terminal has lain idle since January 2020 when ferry services between Macau and Tuen Mun were suspended under Covid-19 laws.
The government says existing infrastructure will be able to cope with cross-boundary passengers in the meantime.
“China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan have sufficient capacity to cope with the need of cross-boundary ferry passengers. Upon resumption of cross-boundary passenger ferry services, the public can use these two terminals for ferry services between Hong Kong and Macao. In addition, the newly commissioned Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel together with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge also provide an alternative for passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Macau,” says a government spokesperson.
The future of the Tuen Mun terminal is uncertain for now – the government says it will assess “any public demand for water transport services and requests from ferry service operators, so as to put [the pier] into gainful us where possible.”
It is thought the adjacent Tuen Mun Ferry Pier, which serves Fortune Ferry’s Tuen Mun – Tung Chung – Sha Lo Wan – Tai O route, will remain in service.
Last October, campaigners floated the idea of a Tuen Mun/Central ferry route, 20 years after that service last ran. Benny Ho Siu-kin, with think tank 香港公共交通智庫 (Public Transport Think Tank of Hong Kong), says the commute from Tuen Mun has become unbearable, with daily traffic accidents, congestion, illegal parking and roadworks. A ferry, taking 40 minutes flat, might be a better option, Ho told Transit Jam.