Passengers sick of long wait

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 October, 1998, 12:00am

Yau Yat Chuen residents are getting sick of having to endlessly wait for the No 203 bus. On October 9, I had to wait for 45 minutes at the Kowloon Park stop, from 4.30pm till 5.15 pm.

During this period, four route B1 buses passed by.

I would not have to endure such a long wait, if the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB), had adopted my suggestion, to extend route B1 from Prince Edward Road to Yau Yat Chuen.

Why can't Route B1 take over from the No 203 bus and go to Yau Yat Chuen? The added expenditure incurred by KMB would be small, but it would be very convenient for Yau Yat Chuen residents.

The No 203 bus covers a very long route from Yau Yat Chuen to Tsim Sha Tsui East. Any traffic jams can cause delays.

This often means that two buses arrive at the same time and passengers have to wait for 20 to 30 minutes, when according to the schedule, they should only have to wait for 10 to 15 minutes.

The situation is particularly bad on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when passengers often have to wait for 30 minutes.

Sometimes we have to wait even longer, because if the bus is full, it does not stop to take on passengers.

KMB has to appreciate that there are a lot more residents in Yau Yat Chuen than there used to be, but waiting for the bus is now such a frustrating experience for passengers, that we prefer to take the MTR, because it is more punctual.

I hope that KMB will look again at this route and the problems that we are experiencing with it and that it will make the necessary improvements.