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Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Primary data source findings : 

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Primary data source findings In the past two weeks, questionnaire designed in the previous stage has been issued to mainly primary and secondary school students to fill in. The following are the chart analysis of three main questions and relevant major findings relevant to my project. For the question on advantages of constructing the XRL, more than half of the interviewees treat the convenience to traveler due to faster travelling as one big and important advantage of the construction plan. This reflect that they are most concerned about their personal daily life convenience than overall advantages to Hong Kong society. The second aspect interviewees are concerned about is the more intimate relationship between Hong Kong and the mainland after constructing XRL. Around 30% of respondents think this political advantage is significant to Hong Kong’s future development. Less than 10% consider factors of tourism, the job market and the economy as main advantage respectively.

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Primary data source findings : 

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Primary data source findings As for the disadvantages, around 60% of the interviewees agree that the construction of XRL brings along environmental damage and treat that as one of the biggest disadvantage. It reflect the widely-spread “green concept” in Hong Kong, especially for interviewees mainly from younger generations. Social factor is also widely considered. Up to nearly a quarter interviewees consider the negative effects brought to the residents living nearby the construction site as cons of the XRL project. Economic aspect remains the least important factor to interviewees which only about 10% of them see heavy financial burden on the SAR government as disadvantage of developing XRL. A point to note is that there are respondents who raised other answers other than options stated. Two interviewees brought up the idea that there were already enough mass transport method linking Hong Kong and the mainland, and they feel no necessary need for XRL construction.

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Primary data source findings : 

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Primary data source findings Another important finding is that up to 97% of interviewees reflect that the Wenzhou train collision incident has hindered their confidence on the Hong Kong part of the XRL project. All respondents have heard of the incident and are highly concerned about the safety issue of the XRL construction, extending to the overall confidence on China railway development. Despite the above results, up to 80% of respondents supported the XRL construction in general. They view the pros above the cons of the project. Only less than one fifth of the interviewees show total disapproval towards the plan and 5% of people stay neutral. The overall view tends to be positive and bright. To conclude, the findings are highly relevant to the topic, citizen’s viewpoint towards XRL construction. Interviewees generally support the project. The main reason is the benefits to transport. Objectors argue that the project do harm to the environment.

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Secondary data source analysis : 

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Secondary data source analysis Excerpt from editorial – China Daily Jan 20 2011 Let the bullet trains fly BY BOB LEE Published: Jan 20 2011 9:12 “Luckily, Hong Kong is able to share the fruit of the national bullet trains boom, thanks to the HK$66.9 billion budget approved by the Legislative Council, and the city's first inclusion in the country's 12th Five-Year Plan. The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), with trains running at a maximum speed of 350 km/h, will come into service in phases between 2011 and 2016. By the time the XRL taps into the nationwide, world-beating railway system, the bullet trains will take only 6 minutes to reach Shenzhen check point. Shanghai will be an eight-hour journey and Beijing 10 hours, offering many Hong Kong people working and living on the mainland a cheaper and more efficient alternative to air travel. It is certain that the XRL will have "a revolutionary impact", reshaping the regional public transit landscape, changing the concept of time and space in the PRD and beyond. With the density of railways being close to those of Tokyo and London, all major cities of the PRD, one of the most vibrant metropolitan clusters in the world, are within a one-hour radius of Hong Kong. This situation enables us to make "living in the PRD, working in Hong Kong" a more practical choice. In sum, joining the national high-speed rail network means increased economic integration between the SAR and the mainland, the overall social benefits would go beyond the imagination.”

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Secondary data source analysis and further data collection : 

Independent Enquiry StudyGuangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Process of the Product Stage- Secondary data source analysis and further data collection Based on the editorial excerpt, despite the high cost budget, the XRL construction plan is still chosen to be carried out as it brings along ‘revolutionary’ benefits to local citizens of Hong Kong. The rail is in international scale and speed, which allows citizens a ‘cheaper and more efficient’ alternative transportation method between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD). This advantage is especially significant to those who have to travel between Hong Kong and PRD frequently due to working professions. The economic integration between Hong Kong and the mainland is also to be noted, as more capital and personnel exchange would be enabled. To sum up, this piece of secondary source conclude the main advantages of XRL constructions and support the point of view that in general, Hong Kong citizens should benefit from the newly-developed railway and should therefore support it. Further data collection: Primary Source: 1. The electronic questionnaire respondents are mainly focused on teenagers. Physical questionnaire should be issued to people of different age group and occupations. Questionnaire on street should be considered. 2. Interview can be conducted in railway station(such as Hong Hom) to conduct questionnaire with targets such as Hong Kong-PRD travelers. Secondary Source: 1. Search for more editorials to avoid possible pre-set standpoints of newspapers.

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