New Territories villagers who fear their homes will be destroyed to make way for a section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong rail link staged a slow-drive protest yesterday. Thirteen cars and 250 villagers from Tsoi Yuen Tsuen, a farming community of 500 in Shek Kong, made their way slowly from the village, along Kam Tin Road to Kam Sheung Road MTR station. Albert Chan Wai-yip and Wong Sing-chi, lawmakers for the New Territories West and East constituencies, respectively, and three district council members joined the rally. They were protesting that the Lands Department had not given them a chance to voice their concerns about the proposed rail link. Up to October, information on the link indicated it would run through eight villages, which did not include Tsoi Yuen Tsuen, said Ko Chun-heung, chairwoman of a concern group on the rail link's construction impact on the village. 'But suddenly, in November, the Lands Department put up notices saying they would take the land and that villagers would have to leave, and they sent people to take measurements,' she said. The Government Gazette of November 28 said a 16km underground section of the rail link would connect a terminus in West Kowloon to a proposed rescue station at Shek Kong. Ms Ko said the Lands Department had not given them a chance to comment after the government gazetted the plan and before the Lands Department took measurements. Shek Kong village head Raymond Tang Wai-man, who did not take part yesterday but who says he supports the protesters, said he did not know about the plan until it appeared in the Gazette. Ms Ko, 48, whose family have lived in Shek Kong for three generations, said two-thirds of the villagers had lived on the land for three or four generations, and 10 per cent were over 60. The Development Bureau, which oversees the Lands Department, said it could not comment on the protest.