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Report of XRL Hong Kong Section Independent Expert Panel released

     The Chief Executive received on December 15, 2014, the Report of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) Independent Expert Panel. Having studied the Report, the Government has decided to make public the whole Report, which has been put online at the GovHK webpage (

     On the grounds of commercial sensitivity, the Panel had redacted certain parts in Annex 3 of the Report before submitting it to the Chief Executive. The Government has no knowledge of the content of the redacted parts.

     The Chief Executive thanked the Chairman of the Panel, Mr Justice Hartmann, and the two Panel members Dr Peter Hansford and Professor Andrew J Whittle, who are engineering experts, for their efforts in the comprehensive review of the implementation of the XRL Hong Kong Section as well as the series of recommendations put forward to improve the systems, processes and practices for implementing and monitoring the XRL Hong Kong Section as well as future new railway projects.

     The Chief Executive has requested the Transport and Housing Bureau to study and implement the Panel's recommendations proactively.

Ends/Friday, January 30, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:36


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