Rail operator is believed to favour the cheaper option of a cross-border express link ending at Kam Tin KCRC officials appear to be leaning towards Kam Tin over West Kowloon as the site for the terminus of a planned cross-border express. The Kam Tin option would be cheaper because it would require less track in Hong Kong and would increase the number of passengers on the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation's underused West Rail, a source said. The railway operator is still studying the feasibility of the line, which would link Hong Kong to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Transport officials earlier asked the KCRC to consider connecting the regional line to West Rail at the Kam Sheung Road station in Kam Tin, or to the proposed Kowloon Southern Link that would join West Rail and East Rail through West Kowloon - with the terminus in the West Kowloon Cultural District. A KCRC spokeswoman confirmed both Kam Sheung Road and West Kowloon were being considered as terminus stations, but said a consensus had yet to be reached. Stanley Ho Hung-sun, chairman of the Real Estate Developers' Association, spoke out on Tuesday against using the West Kowloon site, saying it would leave less land available for building flats. West Kowloon is a planned station on the southern link, which would connect Tsim Sha Tsui East to Nam Cheong. Meanwhile, lawmakers on the public works subcommittee yesterday approved funding for conceptual design work on the proposed bridge linking Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau. Transport officials will now take their request for $26.8 million to the Finance Committee. They said advance technical studies were to start in July and the conceptual design study to start in September. The studies will be completed in June 2006. The conceptual design will be based on the northernmost option of three proposed routes. Experts from the three jurisdictions had concluded that option would create the least environmental impact. But local district councillors have opposed that route and have indicated they favour a southern option to allow a new road to be built to Tai O. Lawmakers once again raised concerns yesterday over the proposed public-private partnership to build the bridge. They are concerned that a private bridge operator will not make public interest a priority and care only about profits. Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung promised lawmakers the government would study previous public-private partnerships on the mainland and in Hong Kong, and avoid any mistakes that had been made in the past.