Co-location plan for the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL)
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen made the statement today at a press conference outlining the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's co-location plan for the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL).
Under the plan, Mainland arrival clearance is conducted immediately after departure from Hong Kong and vice-versa. This will allow passengers to complete both Hong Kong and Mainland clearance procedures in one go at West Kowloon Station.
He said it will maximise the rail's potential and boost Hong Kong's long-term development by fostering closer social and economic ties between the two sides, and consolidate Hong Kong's status as a regional transport hub.
Once the Co-operation Arrangement on co-location is reached by both sides, it must be approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, and then legislation will be formulated and implemented in Hong Kong, Mr Yuen said.
In discussing the plan, he said Hong Kong and Mainland authorities stipulated that co-location must comply with the Basic Law and "one country, two systems".
For more information about the co-location arrangement, please visit http://www.thb.gov.hk/eng/policy/transport/policy/colocation/index.htm