Officials have pledged that the construction of the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou will not delay the completion of the West Kowloon Cultural District, even though the work areas overlap. With the HK$66.9 billion railway approved, lawmakers asked whether it would delay the arts hub opening in 2015 because one-third of the 42-hectare site would be occupied by the storage of rail materials and the construction of the terminus. 'I'm worried that the arts hub project will have to give way to the rail project. If there is a schedule conflict, how will it be solved?' Lee Wing-tat of the Democrats said. He noted that the underground rail terminus would be sited on the eastern end of the arts hub - a 5.5 hectare area that would not be returned until 2013. It is also the last lot to be handed over. Lee said the construction schedule was very tight and asked whether it allowed for contingency plans if there was a delay in the rail work. He was also doubtful arts events could be held at the hub, given the dust from the construction work. Augustine Ng Wah-keung, a project director at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, said the holding of arts events would be concentrated on the western end of the hub, buffered from the building works by a clear area in the middle. As for the underground rail terminus, the noise and vibrations from the foundation work would not affect the arts facilities to be built above it, he said. The foundations above the five-storey terminus will be able to support structures of up to 70 metres high, or 15 to 20 storeys. Wong Yung-kan, representing the agricultural and fishing sector, reminded officials to take into account the area's strong waves when designing ferry piers linking to the hub. 'Fishermen told me it is difficult to moor in the area,' he said. The lawmakers also inquired about the progress in recruiting a chief executive for the cultural district authority. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said the authority had yet to make a choice and needed more time to interview overseas candidates.