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INTERCITY RAILS CALLED FOR TO LINK AIRPORTS IN GREATER BAY AREA
    2018-01-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BUILDING an integrated transport system that connects all of the major airports in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is believed to be a key strategy to better share resources between the cities, according to legislators from Shenzhen attending the ongoing annual session of the Guangdong provincial legislature in Guangzhou.

Chen Rugui, the mayor of Shenzhen and a deputy to the Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress, said the most effective way to link airports in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macao and Zhuhai is to build an intercity express railway network.

While delivering a speech at a panel discussion among Shenzhen deputies, Chen said that the leading position of the Greater Bay Area will require the airports in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macao and Zhuhai, each lying less than 150 kilometers from the others, to be better connected.

The mayor pointed out that each airport in the Greater Bay Area has a different function with various air routes. An intercity high-speed railway could help passengers get to the other airports in less than 30 minutes, which would make the best use of each airport, said the mayor.

For instance, overseas passengers could take planes to their destinations in mainland cities from Shenzhen or Guangzhou airports after arriving in China at Hong Kong International Airport. Chinese mainland passengers would also be able to fly to overseas destinations via Hong Kong.

In addition, the intercity railway is expected to activate airport resources in Macao, Zhuhai and Huizhou. Through cooperation between the airports, it is believed that the airspace resources in the Greater Bay Area will be put to better use, according to Chen.

Echoing the mayor’s suggestion, Qiu Hai, director of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress, also pointed out the necessity of building transport infrastructure in the Greater Bay Area.

Qiu mentioned the problem of serious congestion along the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway, which has greatly restricted the area’s development.

He suggested consideration over enhancing major transportation facilities, especially adding passages across the Pearl River.

“The Greater Bay Area has complete industry clusters and city clusters and is an important engine for regional economic growth, so an integrated transportation system is crucial for further development,” said Qiu.

Another legislator and deputy director of Shenzhen Lawyers Association, Han Jun, urged the Shenzhen airport to open more international routes to handle the increasing number of international passengers that is expected as the Shenzhen International Convention and Exhibition Center in western Shenzhen is completed.

The Greater Bay Area includes Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in Guangdong: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.

(Zhang Qian)

 

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