Six young activists have launched a territory-wide walk in the lead-up to a Legislative Council vote tomorrow on funding for a planned high-speed rail project to Guangzhou. The activists, from the Post 80s Anti-Express Rail Group, are calling for a halt to plans to build the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. Wearing black and white clothes adorned with slogans, they launched the trek in Sheung Shui on Tuesday. The six knelt down every 26 steps - a reference to the 26 kilometres of the rail - to call for legislators to vote against funding the project. They are planning to visit four districts across the territory before staging a protest outside Legco tomorrow. The six are opposed to the construction of the HK$66.9 billion railway because it will lead to the flattening of farms and homes in Tsoi Yuen Tsuen village and eviction of some residents from Tai Kok Tsui. 'The project involves a huge sum of public money. And it raises the question of whether we should develop our city blindly at the expense of the needs of local communities,' said activist Lau Bo-chen. Last month, the government's funding application was deferred for a month as pan-democratic lawmakers demanded more time to discuss the project's cost-effectiveness. The protest came as Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng urged lawmakers to support funding because the railway would connect the city to the mainland's network and bring huge economic benefits.