Services on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link will begin on September 23, officials have confirmed.
MTR Corporation, which will operate high-speed services on the line for the next 10 years, said more than 700 personnel are working on the final preparations for the high-speed railway to ensure it can open as planned.
When opened, MTR will be operating a fleet of trains in Hong Kong and into routes in Mainland China with a maximum speed of 300km/h, leading to a drastic reduction in journey times.
MTR chair Frederick Ma said: “High-speed rail will open a new page in rail travel in Hong Kong and will impact positively on the city’s economic development by enhancing Hong Kong’s connectivity with the mainland.
“Although there will inevitably be challenges in launching a new railway service, we are confident of providing a safe and efficient HSR service and managing any teething issues that may arise.”