New rail link opens

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

HONG Kong has opened a new high-speed rail link to in­land China that will vastly de­crease travel times but also raises con­cerns about Bei­jing’s creep­ing in­flu­ence over the semi-au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Cost­ing up­ward of £7bn and tak­ing more than eight years to build, the sys­tem aims to trans­port more than 80,000 pas­sen­gers daily be­tween the fi­nan­cial cen­tre of seven mil­lion peo­ple and the man­u­fac­tur­ing hub of Guang­dong prov­ince.

The through-train to Guang­dong’s cap­i­tal Guangzhou will take just over half an hour, about 90 min­utes faster than the cur­rent ser­vice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.