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Old September 15th, 2014, 06:48 PM   #701
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This project is challenging by putting it at highly crowded actively function built up area, mostly underground adding difficulty into project. Once complete, it would be engineering marvellous and learning model for other city wish for the same development. Good luck HK.
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Old October 15th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #702
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Curious, why wouldn't this link be popular among Hong Kong residents? 12 minutes to Futian seems like a dream compared to other options.
I don't think a train ride to Futian would make a big difference, you have to get to the West Kowloon station as well, and the inconvenience is the border crossing, not the train ride (though a single train ride beats two, of course).

It would make a bigger difference going to Shenzhen North, Dongguan, and Guangzhou though. Guangzhou (Guangzhou South anyway) would be in comparable distance to Shenzhen.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 07:19 PM   #703
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Lawmakers clash over high-speed-rail inquiry
22 October 2014
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Pro-establishment and pan-democratic lawmakers yesterday clashed over the terms of reference for a committee that will investigate a two-year delay in the completion of a high-speed railway to Guangzhou.

News that the HK$67 billion project would not open until 2017, instead of next year, sparked anger earlier this year, amid concerns the public had been kept in the dark over the slow progress of the project.

The Legislative Council formed the select committee in June after pan-democrats were thwarted in their efforts to invoke special powers, including summoning witnesses and demanding official documents, to look into the delay.

The 13-member committee will examine whether there has been any cover-up.

Under the original wording, it was “to inquire into the background of and reasons for the delay of the construction of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, as announced by the government and MTR Corporation Limited on April 15.”

NeoDemocrat Gary Fan Kwok-wai said the scope of the investigation would be greatly limited if a date was included in the terms of reference, as proposed by the Legco secretariat.

“You can mention April. But if you pin down this specific date, we are concerned we may be focusing our attention on that particular date and will be narrowing down the field,” Fan said.

“That would put the terms of reference of this select committee into a straitjacket.”

Several Beijing-loyalist lawmakers disagreed.

“My understanding is that the date referred to … is merely about the [announcement of] the delay,” Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said. “Even if you leave out the 15th, it would not make any specific difference.”

Legislators agreed to take the 15th out of the terms of reference.

The original terms of reference also referred to the performance and accountability of the government and MTR Corp over the delay and called for recommendations on how the administration could improve supervision and strengthen the governance of future railway projects.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #704
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Some older site photos from : http://www.expressraillink.hk/en/con...ss-update.html

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Old October 26th, 2014, 03:16 PM   #705
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I practically live next too it now. Should I take pictures to share?
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Old October 26th, 2014, 03:31 PM   #706
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I practically live next too it now. Should I take pictures to share?
Yes, of course. It would be interesting
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Old October 27th, 2014, 05:15 AM   #707
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I practically live next too it now. Should I take pictures to share?
As if someone on this forum would answer you "no, no, we're good..."
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Old October 28th, 2014, 02:57 PM   #708
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Yesssssss, hurry up
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Old October 29th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #709
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I will take some pictures and post them here when I get the time. No worries.
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Old November 4th, 2014, 09:13 PM   #710
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MTR given new prod on costs
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung has again asked the MTR Corp to revisit the HK$71.5 billion revised cost estimate of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

Cheung said: "Now there is concern about cost the MTR Corporation has supplied the government a figure of HK$71.5 billion as the revised completed cost for the project.

"The MTR Corporation still sticks to this figure and considers this figure realistic.

"But of course in light of the comments made by the two independent experts, the government is asking the MTR Corporation to once again revisit the figure.

"At the end of the day, we have to come to a realistic figure for the purpose of revising the estimate."

Who will bear responsibility and legal obligation for any costs overrun will have to be determined according to the agreement between the government and the rail operator, he added.

Asked whether co-location where customs, immigration and quarantine facilities of both Hong Kong and the mainland lie within the terminal to facilitate smooth passage across the boundary - could be carried out in the West Kowloon Terminus, Cheung said details are still being discussed with mainland authorities and the public will be informed as soon as possible.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 08:19 AM   #711
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So we're reading everywhere that the HK-SZ section will be delayed. But what about the SZ-GZ section? Do we know when it is supposed to open? The construction work on the undeground FuTian Train station is going at great pace. Any updates? Anyone?
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Following the successful breakthrough of the tunnel between Mei Lai Road and Hoi Ting Road with the tunnel boring machine (TBM) “Seong-ngo” earlier, another TBM, “Zhao-jun -II” also successfully broke through the 2.35km Mai Po to Ngau Tam Mei tunnel section in November this year






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Old December 1st, 2014, 11:28 PM   #713
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Does a read line mean the tunnel has been bored already? Also are tunnels completed in Shenzhen? Sadly I do not read Chinese so I'm lost as to what the map really represents. Thank you!
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 07:26 AM   #714
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Does a read line mean the tunnel has been bored already? Also are tunnels completed in Shenzhen? Sadly I do not read Chinese so I'm lost as to what the map really represents. Thank you!
Orange line indicates sections where boring has been completed. The entire section within Shenzhen has already been bored.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 03:44 PM   #715
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Is the Mong Kok West/XRL terminus going to be cut-and-cover? I don't see any orange lines down there, which seems rather odd.
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Old December 4th, 2014, 04:33 AM   #716
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I post my question again in case someone who knows the answer missed it:
"So we're reading everywhere that the HK-SZ section will be delayed. But what about the SZ-GZ section? Do we know when it is supposed to open? The construction work on the undeground FuTian Train station is going at great pace. Any updates? Anyone?"
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I post my question again in case someone who knows the answer missed it:
"So we're reading everywhere that the HK-SZ section will be delayed. But what about the SZ-GZ section? Do we know when it is supposed to open? The construction work on the undeground FuTian Train station is going at great pace. Any updates? Anyone?"
Guangzhou to Shenzhen North is already open. Shenzhen North to Futian may open late December 2014 (after being delayed from July 2014).
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Old December 5th, 2014, 04:19 AM   #718
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Guangzhou to Shenzhen North is already open. Shenzhen North to Futian may open late December 2014 (after being delayed from July 2014).
Yes, I regularly take the train from Shenzhen North to Guangzhou south, 30 minutes trip! I live in Futian and it takes me more time to go from my apartment to Shenzhen North Train Station than from The train station to Guangzhou !
Can't wait to hop on the train directly from Futian. But in my opinion the train station is still far from being completed.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 06:45 AM   #719
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Isn't using the HSR for such a short distance very expensive?

What are the fares (in USD or Euro, if its not too much trouble)?
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Second class 74 yuan 5 jiao (US$ 12)
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