The Legislative Council (LegCo) of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Wednesday passed a non-binding motion supporting HKSAR government's co-location arrangement at the cross-border railway station in West Kowloon.
Chan Fan, secretary for transport and housing of HKSAR government, raised the non-binding motion which is intended to seek the LegCo's support of the HKSAR government's co-location arrangement.
The HKSAR government announced in July the co-location arrangement at the West Kowloon station, which will allow passengers of the cross-border trains one-stop boundary control.
To implement the co-location arrangement, the mainland and the HKSAR need to first reach a cooperation arrangement, which will be endorsed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. After the congress endorsement, the HKSAR needs to implement it through the enactment of local legislation.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said the HKSAR government respects the public's view about the co-location arrangement. The lawmakers widely represent different sectors in Hong Kong and the government is listening to their views during the debate.
Chan said the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link is now 97 percent completed and the link is targeted to open in the third quarter of next year. In order to let the public to take the link as soon as possible, the rest of the work should be done quickly.