Four green organisations are backing a group of villagers fighting to avoid losing their homes to make way for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. Connecting the link to the West Rail Line, instead, could save a village and taxpayers' money, the groups - Green Sense, Greenpeace, Greeners Action and Friends of the Earth - said in a joint statement yesterday. The border express rail, which would shorten travel times between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, would cost an estimated HK$39.5 billion and would have no stops between Shenzhen's Futian station and its terminus at West Kowloon. Construction will begin this year and the line is due to begin operating in 2015. The groups demanded the government end the railway at Kam Sheung Road MTR station and ensure more public consultation for the project. There should also be an independent environmental impact assessment, they said. Tsoi Yuen Tsuen, a village that will be demolished if the plan goes ahead, is home to 50 families. Most of them are farmers whose ancestors have lived there for generations. They have collected 30,000 signatures from people who oppose the village's destruction. Village native Fung Wu-tak said she had grown vegetables and flowers to support her children. 'I'm leading a green life. Why does the government deprive me of my way of living?' Legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan said it would be difficult for the villagers to adapt to city life. 'If the government moves them to 40-storey public housing, it would be a totally different lifestyle for them.' Lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung said: 'The express rail is not for Hongkongers ... it aims to bring more mainlanders to the city to boost the economy, but it neglects how much citizens have paid for it.' Connecting to the West Rail would benefit the New Territories, he said. However, the Transport and Housing Bureau has said the same corridor could not be used for both the West Rail Line and the express rail line. The Kowloon Southern Link - which will connect West Rail's Nam Cheong station to East Rail's East Tsim Sha Tsui station - was expected to increase demand for the West Rail, a spokeswoman said. The express cross-border line would also run too slowly if it stopped at a West Rail terminal, the spokeswoman said. The government would cater to the needs of the villagers and provide different compensation packages, she said, though it would be difficult to offer them farmland.