Benefits

The Express Rail Link will connect Hong Kong with the over 25,000-km National High Speed Rail Network, which is the largest high-speed rail network in the world. With enhanced connectivity between Hong Kong and the Mainland, the economic development in Hong Kong and cultural exchange with the Mainland will be enhanced. The Express Rail Link will bring many social and economic benefits to both Hong Kong and the Mainland.

  • Direct benefits: Direct trains to the following Mainland cities will be available upon commissioning of the Hong Kong Section of the XRL. As estimated, over a 50-year operation period, the Hong Kong Section of the XRL can save passengers about 39 million hours of travelling time per year on average.
  • Short-haul trains
    Futian
    Shenzhen North
    Guangmingcheng
    Humen
    Qingsheng
    Guangzhou South
    Long-haul trains
    Destinations along the Beijing-Guangzhou Passenger Line
    Beijing
    Shijiazhuang
    Zhengzhou
    Wuhan
    Changsha
    Zhuzhou West
    Hengyang East
    Chenzhou West
    Shaoguan
    Destinations along the Shanghai-Kunming Passenger Line
    Shanghai
    Hangzhou
    Jinhua
    Shangrao
    Kunming
    Nanchang
    Destinations along the Guizhou-Guangzhou Passenger Line
    Guiyang
    Guilin
    Destinations along the Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen Passenger Line
    Fuzhou
    Putian
    Quanzhou
    Xiamen
    Xiamen North
    Zhangzhou
    Jiaomei
    Zhangpu
    Yunxiao
    Zhao’an
    Raoping
    Shantou
    Chaoyang
    Puning
    Kuitan
    Lufeng
    Shanwei
    Houmen
    Huidong
    Huizhou South
    Shenzhen Pingshan
  • Indirect benefits: Enhancing Hong Kong’s connectivity with the Mainland, and will boost exchanges between Hong Kong and major Mainland cities and foster the development of complementary advantages. The pillar industries of Hong Kong, such as financial services, trading and professional services, stand to benefit in particular.
  • Easier travel: More tourists will be attracted to make Hong Kong a starting point or destination of their rail journeys. The location of the West Kowloon Station adjacent to the West Kowloon Cultural District will also create a synergy with this world-class integrated arts and cultural district.
  • Creating jobs: Jobs will be directly created in railway operation and maintenance as well as in retail, catering, station management and services at the WKS.
  • Green mode of transportation: If 100,000 passengers per day opt for the XRL over cross-boundary coaches, about 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions would be saved annually.

For more details on the Operating Arrangements for the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, please refer to the Administration’s Paper of Legislative Council Panel on Transport.

*Source of information: Transport and Housing Bureau

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