Tolls for Meiguan Expressway to be Cancelled in April
Around 1.4 million residents living in the Longhua New Area and industries such as the South China Logistics Park and Huawei Technologies can save commuting and transportation costs starting April as tolls will be cancelled in the Meiguan Expressway between Guanlan and Meilin Checkpoint.
As of the moment it costs 7 yuan to drive from Guanlan in Longhua and Meilin Checkpoint in Futian. Other tolls in the remaining 5.4 kilometers will remain between Liguang Flyover and Dongguan border. Drivers will need to use paper cards as tolls while renovations is being done while waiting for the changes to be completed since the 19 kilometer expressway will be part of the G94 National Highway. The expressway will be transformed into a urban trunk road and the speed limit for the trunk road will be lowered.
Last January the Shenzhen government agreed to pay the Meiguan Expressway Co. the operator 2.7 billion yuan to make the expressway free. The operator has contractual rights for the expressway until March 2027 that was expected to generate revenue of around 1.7billion yuan if the tolls were not cancelled. By cancelling the tolls on the expressway the government hopes that it can stimulate the economy in Longhua and benefits commuters that are travelling to and from downtown.
It will also open up four areas of land that has a total area of more than 200,000 square meters that can be used for housing development thus stimulating housing prices as commuting time from Guanlan to Futian will be down to 30 minutes.