Speech at Panel on Transport, Panel on Security and Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services

Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Arrangements of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link 

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Noting the Administration’s estimate that XRL could save passengers about 39 million hours of travelling time per year on average, which was equivalent to $90 billion economic returns in 2015 prices, Mr CHAN Chun-ying doubted that it had been under-estimated as the hours wasted in frequent delays of Mainland flights were not included.

STH responded that it was a conservative estimate based on past figures. He believed that upon commissioning of the Hong Kong Section of XRL, the actual benefits to Hong Kong would definitely be higher due to the socio-economic developments in time.