Hong Kong High Speed Rail launch moves closer as trial operations completed

Hong Kong High Speed Rail launch moves closer as trial operations completed 


MTR Corporation has welcomed the announcement by the Hong Kong Government that the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Railway (HSR) has completed trial operations smoothly and been confirmed to be ready for use by passengers.


As Project Manager, MTR Corporation has been involved in the planning, design and construction of the complex project for over a decade, with the new route expected to open to the public in September this year.  


MTR had previously submitted approved design drawings, test results and quality control

records to relevant government departments on topics ranging from signalling and communications to trackwork, rolling stock, and overhead lines, as well as the safety of West Kowloon station. More than 700 personnel are currently working on the final preparations for HSR.


The “safe and sound” confirmation received from the Hong Kong Government is an important milestone which signifies that all the required statutory inspections and testing have been completed.


As West Kowloon station prepares to open, MTR will host public open days at the station on the 1st and 2nd September, allowing members of the community to familiarise themselves with the new facilities and gain a better understanding of the new service through photo and game booths,

which will introduce key features and benefits of the high-speed rail network.


Commenting, Jeremy Long, CEO, European Business, MTR Corporation, said:


“This announcement brings high-speed travel, which will link Hong Kong to the 25,000km of high-speed rail in the Mainland, one step closer. MTR has already gained valuable experience from the development and shadow operator phases of this project, and we look forward to deploying this knowledge in other projects here in Europe.”


Mr Simon Tang, General Manager – Express Rail Link of MTR Corporation, said:


“Safety and quality have been our top priorities during the design and construction of this railway project and we overcame many challenges to bring the new rail link to fruition. For the final weeks leading up to the service commencement of the HSR, we will continue to work hand in hand with the operational team to ensure a smooth opening in September 2018.”




About MTR


  • MTR Corporation is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading operators of metro, commuter and airport rail systems and has a successful international consulting business. It is also an acknowledged world leader in Rail + Property development, and manages shopping malls, retail units, apartments and other major buildings along some of its lines.


  • In the UK, MTR Crossrail is the operator of the Crossrail concession (which will be renamed the Elizabeth line when fully open), and is currently running TfL Rail services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.  MTR will begin running services between: Heathrow and Paddington in May 2018; Paddington and Abbey Wood in December 2018; Paddington and Shenfield in May 2019; and full through services (including to Reading) in December 2019.


  • MTR has operated South Western Railway, one of the largest UK franchises, as a joint venture with First Group since August 2017. As part of this, First MTR South Western Trains Limited will deliver new trains, redeveloped stations, and a range of other enhancements which will improve both rail services and customer experience.


  • MTR was a joint venture partner in London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL), which held the concession from November 2007 until November 2016.


  • Elsewhere in Europe, MTR runs the Stockholm Metro, the Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter railway and provides open access MTR Express services between Stockholm and Gothenburg.


  • Around the world, MTR: runs metro, commuter rail, light rail and infrastructure, develops and manages significant rail-related property and is delivering new rail lines and major upgrade projects in Hong Kong; operates lines in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou in Mainland China; is lead shareholder in a joint venture operating the Melbourne train system and leads a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) consortium which will deliver and operate the Sydney Metro Northwest in Australia.


  • Listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, MTR has a market capitalisation of approximately £24 billion, and is included on the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. It won over 50 awards in 2017 for quality, customer service and sustainability.