Central, Hong Kong

Inadequate buses slow and always full

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 January, 2001, 12:00am

I live in Lung Tak Court, Stanley, and I find the buses serving residents to be inadequate.

Every morning at 7.50, I leave Lung Tak Court and go to Central. Although it is a double-decker, all the seats are taken when I board. And I get on at the second stop after Stanley Plaza. Even though this bus operates every 20 minutes, it cannot satisfy the demand of residents. It takes 40 minutes to get to Central. The trip could easily be completed in 30 minutes. The bus frequency should be cut from 20 minutes to five minutes.

During the rush hour there is another bus, the No 262, but it is of little use to us as it is too expensive at $10. Also, it is only a single-decker and takes at least 40 minutes to get to Central.

Another bus which cannot meet residents' demand is the 973, to Tsim Sha Tsui. It takes at least 1.5 hours to reach its destination, a journey that could easily be done in 45 minutes.

I don't want to hear any excuses from New World First Bus. Other transport operators in Stanley (the minibuses and Citybus' No 6) are efficient. If New World First Bus has insufficient resources to operate in Stanley, then Citybus or the minibus company should be allowed to take over the routes.