MTR sees rides fall by 14 million

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 December, 1998, 12:00am

Fourteen million fewer rides were taken on the MTR in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year.

The 3.5 per cent fall in rides from 401 million to 387 million was blamed on the economic downturn.

MTR chiefs believe increased competition from road users taking advantage of greater cross-harbour tunnel capacity has also contributed to the drop.

Reports have suggested that the MTR is considering cutting the frequency of all train services except at peak hours from one train every four minutes to one every 4.5 or five minutes.

But a spokesman said: 'We have no plans at present to change the frequency of trains, either at peak or non-peak times.' It has also been suggested that any staff changes will be dealt with either by internal moves or retraining.