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Hong Kong merges with mainland rails network, to start trial run

Updated: 30 Mar 2018
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The 26-km Express Rail Link is vitally important to Hong Kong. It will link Hong Kong with major Mainland cities with significantly reduced travelling times.
 
Construction on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) is nearing completion. Trial operations are due to commence on April 1st, 2018, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency.

The 26-kilometer-long line connects Hong Kong to the 25,000-kilometer national high-speed rail network. The new line will help consolidate Hong Kong's place as a regional transportation hub, and is expected to open up economic opportunities.
 

The line is expected to open this September. The new railway will shorten travel time from Xiamen to Hong Kong to about four hours.

The ticket fare for the Xiamen North-Shenzhen North second-class bullet trains is RMB 180. Adding on the ticket fare for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed train, it is expected to cost about RMB 250 for the journey from Xiamen to Hong Kong.

A one-stop border checkpoint is planned for the starting point of the Hong Kong section of the XRL at West Kowloon Station. The checkpoint will serve commuters traveling between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
 
The design of Hong Kong Terminus of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link

A total of 127 trains will run on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) daily in the new line's initial stage, including 114 for short-haul tours and 13 for long-haul tours.

The short-haul trains will run between the West Kowloon station and the Futian, Shenzhen North, Guangmingcheng, Humen, Qingsheng, and Guangzhou South stations.

The long-haul trains will link Hong Kong with Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen, and other Chinese cities.
 
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