Hong Kong – With the commissioning of passenger service on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section) on 23 September 2018, the MTR Corporation will start the pre-sales of High Speed Rail tickets on 10 September 2018 including the short haul journeys to and from the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and the six Mainland stations Futian, Shenzhenbei, Guangmingcheng, Humen, Qingsheng and Guangzhounan, as well as medium to long haul journeys connecting to 38 destinations.
“From the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station Open Days held earlier, we saw the enthusiasm and anticipation of residents and passengers towards the opening of the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section). The launch of the ticketing system of the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section) and the start of ticket pre-sales on 10 September 2018 mark another milestone towards the service commissioning of High Speed Rail,” said Mr Lincoln Leong, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation.
“I have to express my gratitude to relevant Government departments and all members of the Corporation for demonstrating their team spirit in striving for the smooth service commissioning of the High Speed Rail. I would also like to thank the Mainland railway authorities, including China Railway, China Railway Guangzhou Group Company Limited and other Mainland railway groups for their support and facilitation of the pre-sales arrangements for High Speed Rail tickets. In the future, we will maintain close cooperation with them to provide excellent High Speed Rail services for passengers,” he added.
Starting from 10 September, the MTR Corporation and the Mainland railway operator will launch the pre-sales of tickets for the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section) service. Passengers can purchase tickets through the ticketing counters and ticket machines at the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, or through online ticketing and tele-ticketing systems. To adhere with the Real Name Policy for the High Speed Rail tickets, passengers have to show the original copy of valid identification documents for each ticket purchased at the station, while information relating to valid identification documents has to be provided when using the other ticketing channels.
“We expect that the ticket pre-sales arrangement prior to the service commissioning will be warmly received. In view of the huge demand, after taken into consideration relevant factors including system capacity, and the convenience to passengers, the Corporation has made special arrangements so that the ticket pre-sales can proceed in an orderly manner to safeguard the smooth operation of the ticketing system during the initial phase of service,” said Mr Adi Lau, Operations Director of MTR Corporation.
Ticket pre-sales will run from 10 September 2018 up to the service commissioning of High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section).
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station will connect to the over 25,000 km National High-speed Rail network and serve 44 destinations including the 6 short haul stations Futian, Shenzhenbei, Guangmingcheng, Humen, Qingsheng and Guangzhounan on the Guangzhou-ShenzhenHong Kong High Speed Rail route, and the 38 medium to long haul destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and Shantou. In the initial phase of High Speed Rail service, the train service will generally be scheduled according to three kinds of train pattern for weekdays, weekends and peak periods. There will be 70, 82 and 114 pairs of short haul trains respectively, and the medium to long haul services will remain at 13 train pairs each day. The actual train schedule will be devised according to operating circumstances.
Train service for the first day of service:
On the first day of High Speed Rail service (23 September 2018), there will be 95 train pairs in total (82 short haul train pairs, and 13 medium to long haul train pairs). The first northbound train will depart at 7am on that day from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Shenzhenbei. A total of 20 northbound and southbound ‘first trains’ will reach different destinations on that day.