(Yicai Global) March 14 -- A high-speed railway with a total length of 140 kilometers connecting Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong is expected to open next year.
"We should strive to connect the Hong Kong section of the Guangdong-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway with the mainland sections in 2018," the Guangdong provincial government said in the recently released Guangdong-Hong Kong Cooperation Framework Agreement. This means the railway is likely to run in 2018.
The railway is anticipated to be open to traffic in the third quarter of next year, MTR Corp.'s 2016 earnings report shows.
From Hong Kong, it will take passengers 48 minutes to get to Guangzhou South Railway Station, 23 minutes to get to Shenzhen North Railway Station and 14 minutes to get to Futian of Shenzhen.
Once operations have been ramped up, 200 trains will be dispatched from Hong Kong to the mainland every day carrying about 10,000 passengers.
The entire railway project was 87.4 percent complete at the end of last year, and West Kowloon Station was 82.8 percent finished. All the tunnel work was basically complete.
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway connects Hong Kong with Shenzhen, Guangzhou and the mainland's high-speed railway network. It has a total length of 140 kilometers, including 26 kilometers in Hong Kong. Trains in Hong Kong section will be dispatched at West Kowloon Terminus, one of the world's largest underground high-speed railway stations, which covers a total floor area of about 380,000 square meters.