STOPS ALONG ROUTE TO DOMINATE TALKS
The government will push ahead with finalising the route for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link immediately after the National People's Congress next month, sources say.
A government source said yesterday the routing would be a key subject of the next round of negotiations with mainland authorities following a recent consensus over the technology.
To cut travelling time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong to less than 60 minutes from 90 minutes, the government will propose just three stops: Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The administration favours a stop at Guangzhou East station, the Huanggang checkpoint at Shenzhen and Hunghom in Hong Kong.
'The government will resume talks with the Ministry of Railways after the National People's Congress,' the source said. The two-week congress starts next Wednesday.
It is understood the routing of the rail link is being debated fiercely because Guangzhou and Shenzhen want more stops in their cities. But they have agreed to use conventional high-speed rolling stock instead of costly magnetic levitation trains.