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‘What Do You Think About the Express Rail Link?’

There is a lot of discussion about the Express Rail Link (XRL), especially the co-location arrangement, which tends to be very divisive. So to find out what members of the business community really think, the Chamber decided to take a video on the topic, and simply asked members: “What do you think about the Express Rail Link?”

Everyone whom we asked said they are looking forward to the time savings that it would bring and free them from having to spend hours travelling to and from airports and in departure lounges. In a world where time is money -- and in short supply – being able to hop on a high speed train to take you to your destination within hours is a major appeal.

Personally, I totally agree. It will bring huge time and efficiency savings for people traveling to the Mainland. We depend almost exclusively on our airport to connect with key Mainland cities, and we are often at the mercy of flight schedules and very often air traffic controls. So having the option of travelling seamlessly by rail will give us far more options and also benefit our role as a leading business hub and gateway to the Mainland.

Some members said they are looking forward to the flexibility that the XRL will bring them, as they could invite their clients to visit their factory in the Mainland in the morning, have lunch in Guangzhou and then return to the office in Hong Kong for an afternoon meeting.

Some members said it will help realize opportunities stemming from the Greater Bay Area, and also reinforce Hong Kong’s role as a connector in the Belt & Road Initiative. Other members said it will boost Hong Kong’s role as a business and trading hub. You can view some of our members’ comments in the video HERE, and I would be interested in hearing your view. Please let me know.

In the meantime, may I wish you and your family health, wealth and happiness in the Year of the Dog! Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Posted on 2018/02/13