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Old August 9th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #501
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Trials for GZ-SZ high-speed rail
2011-July-27 08:53
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THE Guangzhou-Shenzhen section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail opened for trial operations yesterday, one month after a test.

The section, part of the Beijing-Hong Kong rail, will officially open between Aug. 10 and 12 although a date has not yet been set.
Shall it open tomorrow or some other day this week?
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Old August 10th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #502
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Shall it open tomorrow or some other day this week?
The latest news is end of this month after the universide

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Old August 11th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #503
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High-speed rail opening undecided
2011-August-11 08:53
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THE opening date of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail was yet to be decided, a senior official with Shenzhen’s rail traffic office told a news conference Tuesday.

The office announced last month that the line would open yesterday or no later than tomorrow before the Universiade, connecting Shenzhen’s high-speed railway with Guangzhou, Wuhan, Changsha and other large cities. When the line opens, it will take only 25 minutes to reach Guangzhou and four hours to Wuhan. It will take eight hours to reach Beijing next year when the 2,200-kilometer Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway opens.

“We are waiting for a notice from higher authorities,” office spokesman Hu Chunlei said.

A Guangshen Railway Group source told the Guangzhou Daily on Tuesday that the rail would definitely open before the Universiade closes.

“The group has promised to open the line for the Games,” the source was quoted as saying.

The Guangshen Railway Group announced March 26 the Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail would open by the end of August.

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong line had a test run July 26.

The section starts at Guangzhou South Railway Station and ends at Futian Station in Shenzhen. The 104.5-kilometer line was designed for speeds of up to 350 kilometers an hour, but it is not known whether the train will run at the design speed following the recent rail crash in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, on July 23.

In the initial stages, Shenzhen will run 50 trains to Guangzhou, Changsha and Wuhan each day. The opening of the section will help Shenzhen integrate with the nation’s high-speed rail network.

The 3.95-billion-yuan (US$617 million) section has three stations in Shenzhen, including Guangming, Shenzhen North and Futian. Work on the 26-kilometer Hong Kong section started in 2010 and will be completed in 2015.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 01:54 PM   #504
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2011-August-11 08:53
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When the line opens, it will take only 25 minutes to reach Guangzhou and four hours to Wuhan.
The section starts at Guangzhou South Railway Station and ends at Futian Station in Shenzhen. The 104.5-kilometer line was designed for speeds of up to 350 kilometers an hour, but it is not known whether the train will run at the design speed following the recent rail crash in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, on July 23.

The 3.95-billion-yuan (US$617 million) section has three stations in Shenzhen, including Guangming, Shenzhen North and Futian. Work on the 26-kilometer Hong Kong section started in 2010 and will be completed in 2015.
Is the railway opening to Futian this month, or to Longhua?

Is the quoted 104,5 km the distance from Guangzhou South to Gutian, or to Longhua?
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Old September 7th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #505
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Old October 17th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #506
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Old October 20th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #507
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Shenzhen - Daily / October 20th:
Lack of cash forces nationwide rail projects to a halt

http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2011-...nt_1788903.htm

Could this affect the construction of this section?
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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #508
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I think all the major lines already had funding allocated to them so I don't think the Shenzhen-HongKong line will get affected. What's in trouble are local segments of HSR that are majority funded by regional governments. These governments have to seek funding through state owned banks and sometimes from private sources.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 06:28 AM   #509
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I think all the major lines already had funding allocated to them so I don't think the Shenzhen-HongKong line will get affected. What's in trouble are local segments of HSR that are majority funded by regional governments. These governments have to seek funding through state owned banks and sometimes from private sources.
There's a huge political push to send the HSR to Hong Kong. Think the Guangzhou - Shenzhen portion is almost done and soon will open (if it haven't already for the Universidade) while the Hong Kong section is funded locally.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 01:04 PM   #510
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There's a huge political push to send the HSR to Hong Kong. Think the Guangzhou - Shenzhen portion is almost done and soon will open (if it haven't already for the Universidade) .
It certainly hasn´t.

Have there been any recent mentions of plan to open?
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Old November 6th, 2011, 05:18 PM   #511
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Old November 7th, 2011, 06:27 AM   #512
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There's a huge political push to send the HSR to Hong Kong. Think the Guangzhou - Shenzhen portion is almost done and soon will open (if it haven't already for the Universidade) while the Hong Kong section is funded locally.
What's "Universidade"?
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Old November 7th, 2011, 08:20 AM   #513
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I think he meant "Universiade", not "Universidade"
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Old November 8th, 2011, 09:03 PM   #514
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I can see the hotel I stayed when I visited HK. That location is great because it's so close to Harbor City, we will see tons of mainlanders ride the train there shopping.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 10:00 AM   #515
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I can see the hotel I stayed when I visited HK. That location is great because it's so close to Harbor City, we will see tons of mainlanders ride the train there shopping.
Yes - they can shop along Canton Road or head to Elements as well. Seems Elements is not that crowded although it has a similar selection high-end brands.
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Yes - they can shop along Canton Road or head to Elements as well. Seems Elements is not that crowded although it has a similar selection high-end brands.
Hehe it isn't supposed to have any crowds at all given that majority of the clients and people who hang out at Elements mall and even the IFC complex are the type of people who drive Benz's, buys *original* Louis Vuitton handbags for their wives/girlfriends (who are most likely 'gold-diggers' themselves) and considers HK$90 per hour parking as lunch money.
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LCQ12: Construction works of the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Cheung Hok-ming and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, in the Legislative Council today (November 30):

Question:

Since the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) commenced the tunnelling works for the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) last year, quite a number of residents in the villages have relayed to me that MTRCL conducts tunnel blasts regardless of night or day in order to meet deadlines, and the villagers are disturbed by the noise nuisance and are unable to sleep at night. Such villagers have also pointed out that because of the vigorous blasting works, vertical cracks appear on the walls of the village houses in the vicinity of the construction sites, gaps are found between the external walls of the houses and the ground, settlement in buildings and falling groundwater tables are detected, and other serious problems also prevail. Regarding the progress and safety issues of the XRL project, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the latest progress of the XRL project;

(b) whether it has assessed and measured the intensity of shock generated by the tunnel blasting works concerned in respect of three aspects, namely the extent of damages made to the affected buildings on the ground, changes in topography and people's feelings; if it has, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and whether it will make public the findings as soon as possible after making the assessment and measurements; and

(c) whether it knows the total number of complaints received since the commencement of the works by the authorities and MTRCL about the problems caused to the buildings and the topography in the vicinity of the construction sites as a result of the impact of the XRL project, the problems concerned and the measures taken to deal with them?

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President,

My reply to the three parts of the question is as follows:

(a) Construction works for the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) commenced in January 2010 and are progressing smoothly. Foundation works for the West Kowloon Terminus are substantially completed, while various related construction works in Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long, en-route areas of the railway alignment, have started successively. As the Hong Kong section of the XRL runs in a dedicated tunnel throughout, the tunnels are built mainly by using tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and the drill and blast method. We have briefed the relevant district councils on the construction methods of the tunnels. We also keep liaising with the relevant communities on the works arrangement in the light of progress of the drilling and blasting works.

On tunnel boring, the first TBM was activated in September 2011 and has bored through 80 metres so far. Separately, tunnel drilling and blasting works in Tsuen Wan commenced in November 2010, while those in Kwai Tsing and Yuen Long began in 2011 gradually.

It is expected that civil works (including tunnel drilling and blasting) for the main tunnel will be completed in 2013 and the Hong Kong section of the XRL will be completed in 2015 as scheduled.

(b) We will do our best to minimise the impact of the works on the public during the construction of the XRL project.

As early as the project design stage, we carried out careful and comprehensive assessments on the geological conditions and structures in the vicinity of the works areas to ensure that the construction works and the methods employed would not affect the structural safety of nearby structures. In addition, we conducted an environmental impact assessment as required under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance on the Hong Kong section of the XRL, in which the environmental impact during the construction and operation of the railway was carefully evaluated and corresponding mitigation measures were proposed.

In the course of the drilling and blasting works, the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) and their contractor will stringently implement various safety measures and codes of practice concerned, and will strictly observe all relevant legislation and requirements, including the mitigation measures specified in the Environmental Permit for alleviating environmental impact. Also, the MTRCL and their contractor have installed monitoring points to oversee the works by checking such relevant data as measurements on noise and vibration, with a view to monitoring the impact of the works on the adjacent environment and structures for enhancing public safety and minimising environmental impact.

Every time when blasting works are carried out, the airflow and vibration caused will be measured at both ends of the tunnel and nearby monitoring points. Up to now, the data recorded, including those on airflow and vibration, have not exceeded the corresponding statutory ceilings or jeopardised the structural safety of adjacent buildings. The noise generated during the works has not gone beyond the relevant statutory limit either.

During construction, the MTRCL and their contractor will try to minimise the impact of works on the neighbourhood, and maintain close contact and communication throughout with residents concerned by such measures as giving explanation to relevant dwellers, owners' committees / corporations, village representatives, district councillors and local communities and addressing their concerns; organising community liaison group meetings; distributing XRL Newsletters and pamphlets on tunnel drilling and blasting works; and arranging site inspections for district councillors and local personalities to inspect the works and be briefed by engineers on the works procedures and safety measures taken.

(c) We have so far received 80 reports on damage to relevant land lots and buildings suspected to have been caused by the works. Upon receipt of such reports, the MTRCL and their contractor will visit the damaged lots or buildings within one working day to conduct investigation. If the damage is proved to have been caused by the works, repairs will be carried out as soon as possible; if proved otherwise, the MTRCL will also inform the clients of the investigation results. On some occasions, the MTRCL will, at the request of the clients, refer the cases to notaries public for objective and fair arbitration to safeguard the interests of local residents.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 02:58 AM   #519
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SZ Daily - Dec. 5th:

SZ-HK rail steel bars collapse, 2 killed

TWO workers were killed and three others were in a critical condition as a reinforcing steel bar collapsed in the tunnel of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail which is under construction below Huanggang Park.

A total of 16 workers were buried in the tunnel when the accident happened at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The other 11 workers were in hospital with minor injuries.

According to an injured worker Gong, 37, a native of Zigong City, Sichuan Province, the workers were connecting a reinforcing steel bar structure before concreting the wall of the tunnel, but the steel bar suddenly collapsed.

The city’s rail project construction office and safety production office had started investigating the cause.

The Shenzhen-Hong Kong section of the rail will be built underground with an investment of HK$1.7 billion (US$216 million). It is China’s first cross-border tunnel and will open in 2014.

Accidents on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong rail project have been frequent.

Five cave-ins have taken place in the area near Zhongkang housing estate in Futian District since March this year. In February last year, two were killed and seven others injured when a truck fell from the elevated bridge of the special line which was being constructed in Guangming.(Han Ximin)
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