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There will be 114 pairs, or 228 trains, going to and from the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link every day during peak periods, Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan said.
The travel time of eight hours and 45 minutes from Hong Kong to Beijing still stands, Chan said.
The announcements came after Chan met representatives of the China Railway Corporation in Beijing yesterday to discuss service details, number of runs, destinations and the financial arrangement. However, there was no mention of the controversial co-location arrangement.
While the co-location arrangement is the most pressing issue about the rail system, Chan said only operational matters were discussed
Chan also dismissed criticism the government is jumping the gun when it comes to preparatory work. "There are a lot of preliminary preparations needed for large-scale infrastructure like this, and it's not jumping the gun but necessary work. There is a lot of work to do, and it's a race against time."
He said the second step of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's "three-step process" will be approved by the National People's Congress Standing Committee in December. Once this is complete, the government will explain the legal basis to the public.
The government had earlier suggested that Basic Law Article 20 would be the legal basis to allow mainland personnel to enforce mainland laws in West Kowloon. However, it is understood that the mainland has rejected the proposal.
Details about the frequency and the stations that trains will stop at have yet to be confirmed.
This article first appeared on www.thestandard.com.hk
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