Hong Kong – The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong XRL will hold trial runs on April 1, according to the chairman of MTR, Frederick Ma Si-hang.
‘There is still some fix-up works but basically the station is complete’ Ma told Chinese media outlet Xinhua in an interview.
The Hong Kong section of the XRL is 26 kilometres long but will provide a link to the Guangzhou-Shenzhen railway, allowing Hong Kong to tap into mainland China’s high-speed rail network, which has a total length of more than 25,000 kilometres.
The Hong Kong section is essentially complete, with services expected to begin before the Autumn this year if the trial run is successful. The only remaining issue is the co-location arrangement which is necessary to allow the special administrative zone of Hong Kong and the mainland to operate a quick and efficient customs and immigration clearance.
A memorandum was signed last week to confirm most of the arrangements.