Date
25 September 2017
Leung Chun-ying returned from his holiday a day ahead of schedule amid the controversy over the cross-border rail project. Photo: AFP
Leung Chun-ying returned from his holiday a day ahead of schedule amid the controversy over the cross-border rail project. Photo: AFP

CY Leung cuts short holiday amid rail link saga

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has ended his vacation and returned to Hong Kong Monday morning, a day ahead of schedule, according to a statement posted on the government website.

Leung had left for a holiday since April 26 and was scheduled to return on May 6. The statement did not give any reason for his early return.

During his holiday break, the saga of the high-speed rail line between Hong Kong and Guangzhou escalated.

Projects director of MTR Corp. (00066.HK) Chew Tai-chong quit his four-year-old job last week amid rising public anger over delays in the cross-border rail project.

On April 15, Chew told a media briefing that the HK$67 billion (US$8.64 billion) project that will link Hong Kong and Guangzhou would be delayed by a year after a March 30 rainstorm damaged a tunnel boring machine and problems were found in the construction site for the West Kowloon terminus. 

The project had been scheduled for completion in 2015, but the delay pushed back the start of its commercial operation to at least 2017.

The Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung and executives from the MTR were scheduled to appear before legislators on Monday afternoon over the delays, RTHK reported.

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