25 August 2003
Service improvements to Beijing-Kowloon and Shanghai-Kowloon Through Trains
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) and the Mainland railway authorities today announced that with effect from 1 September 2003, the customs and immigration formalities for passengers of Beijing-Kowloon and Shanghai-Kowloon Through Trains will be simplified. The journey time will also be cut by more than one hour since both trains will stop calling at intermediate stations.
At present, passengers are required to alight at Dongguan (Changping) Station for immigration formalities. With effect from 1 September, officials from the Mainland will handle immigration formalities on board the train at Guangzhou East. Under the new arrangements, passengers will be able to enjoy a faster and a more comfortable journey. Passengers’ consigned luggage, customs and quarantine procedures will continue to be handled in the terminus stations.
To tie in with the new immigration formalities, starting from 1 September the Beijing-Kowloon Through Train will not call at the existing intermediate stops, i.e. Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Hankou, Wuchang, Changsha, Shaoguan, Guangzhou East and Dongguan (Changping), and the Shanghai-Kowloon Through Train will not call at the existing intermediate stops, i.e. Hangzhou East, Shaoguan, Guangzhou East and Dongguan (Changping).
With effect from 1 September, the Beijing-Kowloon Through Train and Shanghai-Kowloon Through Train will arrive at Hung Hom Station at 11:52 am and depart at 4:10 pm on the same day. The arrival and departure time at Beijing West and Shanghai Stations will remain unchanged. The new timetable is listed below:
TRAIN NO. BEIJING - KOWLOON THROUHG TRAIN
STATION T97 (SOUTHBOUND)

T98 (NORTHBOUND)

Beijing West Depart at 10:06 Arrive at 18:05 the following day
Hung Hom Arrive at 11:52 the following day Depart at 16:10
TRAIN NO. SHANGHAI - KOWLOON THROUHG TRAIN
STATION K99 (SOUTHBOUND)

K100 (NORTHBOUND)

Shanghai Depart at 12:25 Arrive at 15:54 the following day
Hung Hom> Arrive at 11:52 the following day Depart at 16:10