First study into Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Express Railway to complete next year

Local | 14 Oct 2021 2:33 pm

Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan said that Hong Kong authorities have set up a special office with Shenzhen to look into construction of the Hong Kong–Shenzhen Western Express Railway, and they will complete the first study next year.

The railway will connect the western part of New Territories, near Hung Shui Kiu and Ha Tsuen, to Qianhai in Shenzhen. 

After the first study is completed, the two cities will further discuss the railway route, where the stations will be located, the construction cost and the cooperation mechanism between the two governments, Chan said in a radio program on Thursday morning. 

When the Hong Kong government develops the transport infrastructure in the Northern Metropolis it will take into consideration several factors, including land planning and distribution of employment opportunities.
As for whether the development in northern New Territories will increase pressure on the East Rail and West Rail lines, Chan said that the authorities have reviewed their capacities after Tuen Ma Line launched. During rush hour, people heading north constitute 30 percent of the passenger flow, while others go the other way. 

"Travel patterns could be affected by Coivd-19, so it is necessary to assess the situation again after the pandemic eases," Chan said.

As for the extension of Northern Link to the east, he said there are various feasible options including using the Light Rail Transit system or self-driving trains.

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