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Independent Enquiry Study:

Independent Enquiry Study Tracy Mak 5C(20) [Worksheet One Presentation]

Enquiry issue:

Enquiry issue Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link( 廣深港高速鐵路)

Enquiry issue:

Enquiry issue An express railway to be open in phases between 2011 and 2016 connect Kowloon, Hong Kong in the south and Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong in the north divided into two sections -the Guangshen section with four to six stations -the Hong Kong Section, with one station(West Kowloon Terminus)

Enquiry issue:

Enquiry issue Hong Kong Section construction began on January 2010 total distance of the Hong Kong section: 26 kilometres service to be open in 2015 enable a top speed of 200 km/h expected travel time from Kowloon to Shenzhen's is 12 minutes

Related Modules:

Related Modules Hong Kong Today (Area 2) Modern China (Area 2)

Related IES Themes:

Related IES Themes Transport Technology Ecology

Possible Objective:

Possible Objective Investigate on… Usefulness, feasibility and response from the general public on the construction of the Rail Link Effect of construction part of the Rail in Hong Kong, based on economic, social and environmental aspects Influence of Wenzhou Rail accident on peoples’ confidence in China Railway construction.

Focus Questions:

Focus Questions What are the advantages and disadvantages of constructing the Railway? What are the difficulties in construction? How Hong Kong citizen react to Wenzhou accident? Did it affect their confidence in the G-S-H High Speed Rail Link?

Related Concepts:

Related Concepts Hong Kong citizens -Non-permanent residents, those who have the right to hold a Hong Kong Identity Card but have no right of abode -Permanent residents, those who have the right to hold a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card and the right of abode in Hong Kong.

Related Concepts:

Related Concepts XRL construction part in Hong Kong -the part from the Kowloon Terminus to Guangzhou South Railway Station in Shibi

Related Concepts:

Related Concepts Sustainable development well-planned construction - according to the World Commission on Environment and Development, is :- "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." ["Our Common Future", 1987]

Related Concepts:

Related Concepts Rail Safety track safety and electrical safety - speed, smoothness, and stableness, active -maintenance work and testing procedures

Related Knowledge:

Related Knowledge importance of construction of Rail Link in Hong Kong Hong Kong connected directly with major Mainland cities enhance Hong Kong's role as the southern gateway to the Mainland

Related Knowledge:

Related Knowledge economic ties and cooperation between Hong Kong and the Mainland mutual economic prosperity and development raise the competitiveness of the region as a whole

Related Background information:

Related Background information Wenzhou accident -23 of July 2011 -two high-speed trains travelling on the Yongtaiwen railway line collided -40 people killed, at least 192 injured

Related Background information:

Related Background information -Affect peoples’ confidence in rail construction in Hong Kong 調查指四成受訪港人對廣深港高鐵無信心 商業電台 – 2011 年 8 月 2 日星期二下午 12:46 社民連在溫洲列車相撞事故後數日,訪問約四百名本港市民,當中四成人表示,對廣深港高鐵的安全沒有信心,主要因為對內地沒有信心,認為內地鐵路存在很多問題。兩成半人認為,今次溫洲列車事故的起因,是列車司機或人為疏忽、官員貪污腐敗,及鐵路設計有漏洞。 社民連要求港府及港鐵,向公眾交代廣深港高鐵香港段的防雷擊設備及訊號系統是否安全,又要求香港與內地,加強發生緊急事故時的溝通。

Related Background information:

Related Background information Choi Yuen Tsuen incident -village along the track -home to about 500 people, would be dismantled -demonstrations and petitions settled in Feb, 2011

Related Background information:

Related Background information 數以百計市民組成菜園村巡守隊,自一零年十一月至一一年三月每天和村民一起在菜園村巡邏,示威,以身體擋住推土機、燒焊機,目標正是為菜園新村的實現換取時間和增添力量。結果,巡守隊成為菜園新村計劃得以落實的關鍵,他們的努力在幾個月間累積了龐大的政治壓力,最終迫使鄉事派放棄龐大的丁屋發展利益,讓路予菜園新村。 路權問題在二月初解決後,政府全面開動輿論引擎,宣稱菜園村問題已解決。港鐵見入村的巡守員人數減少,亦馬上加緊工程,在村內不同地方圍板,封住原有村路,拆屋,在仍然留守的村民家外進行高嘈音的打樁或鑽地工程,到二月底,港鐵甚至出動過百工人保安,要在村口兩邊圍板。其實,雖然有了新村路權,工程車可以駛入,但新村一日未建成,村民仍是必須留在村內,因此逼不得已要與工人和保安對抗。如此一來,農曆新年前的嚴峻對峙局面又再出現。這一輪的衝突由二月廿二日至三月八日,歷時兩個多星期,不同的是,政府和港鐵這回除了出動更多保安,也出動司法工具打壓村民和巡守隊,年近七十的老村民巫進嬌 ﹝ 大曾太 ﹞ 被控刑事毀壞及普通襲擊、年過七十的村民陳錦清 ﹝ 波叔 ﹞ 被控普通襲擊、兩名巡守員黑傑和陳寧和另外幾十人一起停止打樁機騷擾村民游伯,被控刑事毀壞,還有另外兩名村民在此期間被捕,被指涉嫌刑事毀壞和普通襲擊。無獨有偶,同一時期,警察在市區亦大量拘捕示威者,包括三月一日向曾蔭權示威的社民連成員,以及三月六日參與反財政預算案示威的一百一十三人。

Gather information:

Gather information Collect citizens’ opinion concerning the Rail Link construction Method: conduct online/street survey -different stakeholders (economic developers, nearby residents, general public) -different age group to develop a overview of the issue in more perspectives

Gather information:

Gather information Main questions: -How far do they know about the constuction plan -Support/Object to the construction project -What they consider advantages/disadvantages -overall confidence on China Railway

Gather information:

Gather information Collect updates about recent progress of the Rail Link construction -Method: Internet, newspaper, official report from government

Group mates' feedback:

Group mates' feedback Original topic: concerning the Chinese Rail Link as a whole Comments: “the scope of the project is too big”  focus on , be specific on the Hong Kong part of construction

Group mates' feedback:

Group mates' feedback Original objective: to compare citizens’ view before and after the Wenzhou accident Comments: difficult to obtain data  switch focus questions

Q & A:

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