HK, China to discuss border control issues in high-speed rail

May 20, 2015 11:07
The Hong Kong section of a cross-border high-speed rail link has suffered delays and cost over-runs. Photo: HKEJ

Senior Hong Kong government officials will be meeting their mainland counterparts Wednesday to discuss the issue of establishing a joint control point for the Hong Kong link of a national high-speed rail project.

Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung is leading a delegation made up of Transport Secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung and other top officials for talks with officials from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The talks will take place in Shenzhen.

The establishment of a joint control point involves complex legal issues, which the government has been studying, acting chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was quoted as saying.

The high-speed railway, which will link Hong Kong and Guangzhou via Shenzhen, can unleash its value only with a joint control point, lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai said. If there is no such arrangement, the rail link's efficiency will be significantly lower, he said 

The high-speed link in Hong Kong has been delayed so much that the construction budget is said to increase further to HK$90 billion, or HK$25 billion more than previously estimated.

The launch schedule has been revised to late 2017 from the original target of the end of this year.

Translation by Vey Wong

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