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Shenzhen airport opens check-in options in HK
4 July 2009
South China Morning Post

Shenzhen airport opened a new advance check-in terminal at Shenzhen Bay checkpoint yesterday, along with a pre-check-in option for bus passengers from Mong Kok.

Passengers who depart from Mong Kok on buses operated by Trans-Island Chinalink will be able to send their personal and flight information to the check-in centre and reserve seats before the 75-minute journey to the airport.

They can collect their boarding pass at the checkpoint - which is at the Shenzhen end of the Western Corridor - without waiting and are no longer required to arrive at the airport an hour ahead of their flights.

Eleven airlines, including China Southern, China Eastern and Shenzhen Airlines, have joined the scheme. But there is no luggage service because of security concerns.

Nearly nine million passengers used the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint in the past six months, and airport authorities expected the new terminal to further boost passenger flows.

The service is also available at the Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal in Sheung Wan and at the Airport Express Kowloon station. Shenzhen airport spokesman Ren Shili said it was planning more check-in centres at checkpoints such as Luohu and Futian, the Shenzhen side of Lo Wu, and Lok Ma Chau respectively.

Earlier this year, Shenzhen authorities announced they were studying a proposal to build an intercity rail link between Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports.

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Rail plan with huge costs gets new life
The Standard Excerpt
11 Jul 2019

A shelved HK$110 billion plan to build the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Express Line has been given new life after the government says it will cooperate with the mainland in researching its feasibility.

But there is no timetable for constructing the railway, the Transport and Housing Bureau said yesterday.

The original plan for the link includes three sections - two cross-border and one domestic.

The first connects the Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports and the second runs between Qianhai and Yuen Long. The third runs between Tuen Mun and Tung Chung.

It was shelved by the government in 2014 due to low demand and the high construction cost of more than HK$110 billion for just the Hong Kong section.

It was put on hold until 2031 at the earliest.

However, some web users and concern groups recently discovered that the infrastructure project appeared in a Greater Bay Area blueprint.

That triggered questions over whether the line would be revived.

The project was mentioned in a Greater Bay Area three-year plan announced by the Guangdong government in May, which stated that provincial authorities will "cooperate with Hong Kong in pushing the planning and construction of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Express Line."

In response, a Transport and Housing Bureau spokesman said yesterday the government has been closely monitoring the development in Qianhai - a special economic zone in Shenzhen - and is keeping an eye on demand for additional cross-border transport channels.

"The government will jointly conduct studies and research with relevant mainland authorities to look into the feasibility of the railway, as well as its need, position and cost-effectiveness," he said.

"Such research is a long-term plan. There is no actual timetable or detailed plan for now. We will have to wait until research results come out to make considerations about development in the future."

Yeung Ha-chi from the Liber Research Community said the Shenzhen government has listed the project in its 13th five-year plan back in 2015.

"We can see from here and there that the mainland government has not given up on the railway construction," he said.

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