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Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link

Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Shenzhen section of the railway under construction in May 2011
Type High-speed rail
Status Partial-Operational
Locale Guangdong, China and Kowloon, Hong Kong
Termini Guangzhou South
Futian (Shenzhen)
Stations 5-7
Opening 2010-2017
Operator(s) China Railway High-speed (MTR Corporation Limited for through service with Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Line length 142 km (88.23 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 25kV AC 50Hz
Operating speed 350 km/h (220 mph) (Guangshen section)
200 km/h (120 mph) (Hong Kong section)
Route map
  • Italic font indicates station or line under construction or planning.
  • Only transfers with urban rapid transits are denoted in this diagram.
0 Guangzhou South(Guangzhou Metro: Line 2 & Line 7)
Pearl River
Humen(Dongguan Metro Line R2)
102 Shenzhen North
(SZ Metro: Longhua Line, Huanzhong Line & Guangming Line)
106 Futian
(SZ Metro: Shekou Line, Longgang Line & Airport Line)
Hong Kong-Shenzhen border Shenzhen River
142 West Kowloon
(MTR: Airport Express, Tung Chung Line & West Rail Line)
This route map:
Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Route of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong XRL
(Guangshen section in red and Hong Kong section in blue)
Transit type Passenger high-speed rail
Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Traditional Chinese 廣深港高速鐵路
Simplified Chinese 广深港高速铁路
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 廣深港客運專線
Simplified Chinese 广深港客运专线

Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), also known as Guangshen'gang XRL (officially Beijing–Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong High-Speed Railway, Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Section), is an express railway to be open in phases between 2011 and 2017. It will connect Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong in the north via Shenzhen to Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Revenue operation began in December 2011, between Shenzhen North Station and Guangzhou South Station. Service is to be extended to Futian Railway Station, in Shenzhen's city centre, when the station opens around December 2014, and the final section to Kowloon, Hong Kong is planned to be opened in 2017.[1]


  • Route 1
  • Stations 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


It is divided into two sections, the Guangshen section with four to six stations, and the Hong Kong section, with one station. Service on the Guangshen section officially opened on December 26, 2011. Construction of the Hong Kong Section began on January 2010, with service scheduled to open in 2017.[1] It was originally anticipated to complete in 2015, but due to a damaged tunnel boring machine it has been delayed until 2017. In October 2014 an MTR report warned that the revised budget of HK$71.5 might be at risk.[2]

Under the current plan the total distance will be 142 kilometres, and the expected travel time from West Kowloon Terminus in Kowloon to Guangzhou South Railway Station in Shibi, Guangzhou will be 48 minutes. It will be connected with the Wuguang High-Speed Railway at Guangzhou South Station, and the Xiamen–Shenzhen Railway at Shenzhen North Railway Station.

The Guangshen section connects Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Shenzhen in Guangdong. The total distance is 116 kilometres and the expected travel time between Guangzhou's Guangzhou South Railway Station (廣州南站) and Shenzhen's Futian Station (福田) is 36 minutes. Construction cost will be covered by the Guangdong Province People's Government and the Ministry of Railways of the People's Republic of China.

Service between Guangzhou South and Shenzhen North stations started on 26 December 2011.[3] The extension to Futian station, originally scheduled for 2012, has been delayed until 2014.[4]

Apart from Guangzhou South and Futian, there are four stations in between, from north to south, Qingsheng (庆盛站), Humen (虎门站), Guangming (光明城站) and Shenzhen North (深圳北站). At Guangzhou South Station it is connected in the north to the Wuhan-Guangzhou Passenger Railway, with through service scheduled to begin April 1,[5] in the south to the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway and in the west to the future Guizhou-Guangzhou Railway. At Shenzhen North Station it will be connected to the Xiashen section of the Southeast Coastal Express Railway.

When the Hong Kong Section is opened, expected in 2017,[1] some of the trains will run onwards from Futian, across the Sham Chun River, onto West Kowloon Terminus in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

A 10.8-km-long Shiziyang Tunnel has been built to allow the railway cross the Shiziyang Channel (Chinese: 狮子洋) of the Pearl River between the Dongchong and Humen Stations.[6] The completion of the tunnel was reported in March 2011.[7]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d "High speed rail link project delayed".  
  2. ^ Flyvbjerg, Bent and Kao, Tsung-Chung and Budzier, Alexander, Report to the Independent Board Committee on the Hong Kong Express Rail Link Project (in MTR Independent Board Committee, Second Report by the Independent Board Committee on the Express Rail Link Project, MTR, Hong Kong, pp. A1-A122) (October 28, 2014).
  3. ^ "High-speed rail to link Shenzhen, Guangzhou". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Shenzhen Futian train station to start operation in 2014 - What's On Shenzhen". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Han Ximin (2012-03-14). "SZ-Wuhan high-speed trains to run in April". Shenzhen Daily. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  6. ^ China starts work on first underwater railway tunnel
  7. ^ China completes construction of world's fastest underwater railway tunnel, 2011-03-12

External links

  • MTR-Express Rail Link(Hong Kong)
  • XRL Project, MTR official site
  •, Opposition site (Chinese)
  • Hong Kong anti-rail protest gathers steam -
  • Lee, Min (15 January 2010). "Hong Kongers protest high-speed rail link to China". The Washington Post. Associated Press. 

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