Chen Rugui, Shenzhen’s mayor, would not have said this without clearing it with someone higher up, so we have to assume that it’s being taken seriously: The GBA’s intercity railway network could be redesigned to run across the border to Hong Kong, linking all three of the region’s major international airports. Or, a new high-speed railway could be built, which would make travel time between the three nodes even faster.
Such details are not for someone like Chen to share with the media. All he did was drop the mic, so to speak, by saying today that he thinks it would be a good idea to link the three airports by railway. This is how it works in China. But plans have been hinted at in various ways over the past year that this is, indeed, what is in the works. The only reason it hasn’t been announced as a fact, we suppose, is because Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has her hands somewhat full at the moment.
Our money would be on a new railway being built, possibly to run along one of the routes being researched for a maglev line that could run trains at more than 600 km/h. Another, slightly slower option would be to extend the recently opened Intercity Railway from the Bao’an Airport in northern Shenzhen down to Qianhai and across the Shenzhen Bay, through Kowloon West, and out to Chek Lap Kok.