PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (12): 1623-1632.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.12.004

Special Issue: 粤港澳大湾区

• Special Column: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area • Previous Articles     Next Articles

The importance of integrated transport in fostering the formation of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

P. Y. LOO Becky1,2(), Bo WANG1   

  1. 1. Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
    2. Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation, The University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen 518000, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2018-11-21 Revised:2018-12-05 Online:2018-12-28 Published:2018-12-28
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41671154


The high-speed railways network provides rapid transit service for inter-city passenger movements. The integration between high-speed railways (HSR) station and urban (intra-city) public transport plays a vital role in regional formation. Based on the passengers' travel experience, this study developed a theoretical framework of passenger-centered integrated transport. Moreover, this framework was tested with results of observational surveys conducted at three important HSR stations along the Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Guangzhou HSR line. With regard to the proposal of fostering the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the findings underline the importance of fostering seamless intermodal integration in enabling the formation of the Greater Bay Area. The results show that the Hong Kong HSR station distinguishes itself by scoring high in the "lowest level integration of information" in a cosmopolitan setting. In terms of the "moderate level integration of facilities and services," both Hong Kong and Shenzhen HSR stations are well connected to nearby shopping malls to enhance the passenger experience. In terms of the "highest level of integration of ticketing and fares," Shenzhen and Guangzhou HSR stations have made better use of information and communication technologies in ticketing; yet, none of the three stations offer any fare integration. Based on the research findings, specific suggestions on improving intermodal transfers are put forward based on the three levels of the transport integration ladder.

Key words: integrated transport, passenger-centered, high-speed railways, one-hour living circle, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area