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Controversy: Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link

January 14, 2010

            What do you think?

 

Rail Link Alliance members demonstrate in Mong Kok in support of the high-speed rail link. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

 

 

 

 

Anti- express Rail Link Alliance wave banners outside Legco demanding an outdoor live broadcast of the Legislative Council finance committee meeting this Friday to discuss whether to approve funding for the HK$67-billion Guangzhou- Shenzhen- Hong Kong Express Rail Link project. Photo: Oliver Tsang

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  1. -3- permalink
    March 13, 2010 4:18 pm

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  2. January 18, 2010 5:47 pm

    By Rachel Ng

    The construction of the high-speed rail link project is a controversial issue recently. Capital construction improves the society’s development. For example, in 1970s, construction of the MTR was also a controversial issue. But, for now, we can see that how successful of the MTR is. Therefore, I absolutely agree to the construction of the high-speed rail link.

    Firstly, the construction of the high-speed rail link is a big trend in the world. In order to preserve Hong Kong’s competition ability and further development, Hong Kong must construct the high-speed rail link as soon as possible.

    Secondly, about 660000 people will go to mainland china from Hong Kong every week. If we construct the high-speed rail link, it may bring many conveniences to the Hong Kong people who are working in mainland china and the tourists from China to Hong Kong.

    Thirdly, the government will construct the high-speed rail link station under the ground in West Kowloon. It can reduce the effect on the ecological environment. Moreover, we can have more public space for other uses since the government is planning to afforest that area.

    All in all, there is no doubt that we should not object against to the construction of the high-speed rail link. So, what are we waiting for?

  3. January 18, 2010 5:42 pm

    By Carol Lee, St. Catharine’s School For Girls(Kwun Tong)

    The HK public has been debating fiercely over the appropriation for the construction of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. Media attention is intensified on the kowtowing and street rallies by the pro-80s.

    It is unreasonable for the radicals to oppose the project as its benefits outweigh the shortcomings. Although HK$66.9 billion may be an expensive investment amount, the large amount of profit left in the warehouse ensures that the rail construction will not be a burden on our economic development. The railway can effectively facilitate the transportation and communication between the mainland China and HK, which creates more opportunities for business cooperation and boosts our economy within 50 years. It is fast,convenient and environmentally friendly, which saves people’s time and in turn stimulates the tourism in HK.Moreover,Tsoi Yuen Tsuen residents will be honored to sacrifice.

    The rail project is definitely cost-effective. Both HK and the mainland China can be benefited economically in the long term. As a result, the government can spend more money and subsidies on helping the needy. If the project is cancelled, HK may fall behind other large cities since a network of high-speed railway has been being built throughout China, and HK may lose its competitiveness.

  4. January 18, 2010 5:41 pm

    By Angel Cheung Cheuk Man, Pooi To Middle School

    Look for the long term

    The resolution of Express Rail Link has just been passed. I think that it can help to boost the economy.

    On the other hands, many people object this. After the resolution has been passed, the protestant scold the Executive or even throw water bottle to the officer. I think is better for them to freeze for a moment first.

    About thirty years ago, the MTR has just established. At that time, there were also many people object that scheme. But now, we can see how successful and convenient it is. If we did not have the MTR for a few minutes only, the consequences are already beyond our imaginations.

    Although the influence of Express Rail Link may not as big as MTR, in long term, it can help Hong Kong to attract more tourists, boost the economy and more convenient for the businessmen to travel to China as well.

  5. nono permalink
    January 16, 2010 9:31 pm

    Hong Kong as a cosmopolitan metropolis,one renowned for its attraction , by means of its appeal, it’s not necessary for building Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link .
    At the first sight , the rail link needs a astronomic money, the citizens of Hong Kong will be annoyed , being a great burden of Hong Kong . Although there are many street
    becoming crowder , and trigger a puzzled congestion , but it is still not convincing enough to persuade the knowledgeable in hong Kong, in that there are many beneficial solution at variance with the building of the rail link.
    At the second place,ironically ,with the precedent of The Guangdong Through Train , the stark truth is revealed to all hong kong citizen,in a direct word ,this rail link can’t allot the confidence to all people.
    it is not a hight time for building a rail link

  6. January 14, 2010 12:27 pm

    By Fiona Wong, Our Lady 0f The Rosary College

    Why rail project is on the wrong track

    The high-speed rail link to Guangzhou should not be built because it’s too expensive and it’s unnecessary.

    Also, it is not fair that villages like Tsoi Yuen Tsuen will be destroyed to make way for it.

    The government claims that journeys from Hong Kong to Guangzhou will take only 48 minutes when the link is finished. However, this figure is based on the higher speeds the trains will reach on the mainland section. On the Hong Kong part, trains will go no faster than through trains do at the moment.

    But the fare on the existing line – HK$90 – is half what it will be on the new link. While cross-border businessmen and tourists may choose to ride on the new line, ordinary citizens would not want to pay more to travel at the same speed.

    Eva Cheng, the director of Transport and Housing Bureau, said Hong Kong would be marginalised without the link.

    But the city’s current rail, sea and air connections with the mainland are near perfect.

    If the government used the money for the rail link to develop talent, improve the environment and increase competitiveness, then Hong Kong would definitely not be marginalised.

    This would form a more realistic and long term plan.

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