The government has admitted that not all the high speed rail trains will do the journey from Hong Kong to Guangzhou in 48 minutes, although the figure featured prominently in arguments for the new link.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the 48-minute journey time on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link was a calculation made by the previous administration, and documents submitted to the Legislative Council (LegCo) mentioned that it only applied to non-stop trains.
He added the government would have to negotiate with mainland Chinese authorities and research passengers’ needs to decide how many stops should be made.
Last week, Ming Pao reporters tried the line from Shenzhen North station to Guangzhou South station, and a total of six stations were in use or under construction, where trains may stop.
Most trains made at least one stop, and the entire journey from Hong Kong to Guangzhou could take about 59 minutes, even longer if more stops were made. Current through trains from Hung Hom to Guangzhou take about 100 minutes.
In response, the government said that a total of four short-haul stations had been planned since applying for the project’s funding in 2009, and it had no plan to change this.
However, there are a few promises made by the former transport minister Eva Cheng Yu-wah and the former administration which may have already been broken.
Joint checkpoint agreement:
The government will seek approval of additional funding by LegCo so as to increase funding for the project by HK$19.60 billion.
Economic Internal Rate of Return (EIRR):
If the EIRR is higher than four percent, it would generally be seen as a feasible project.