New transport plan will boost rail services in New Territories: Ip
Updated at 5.44pm:
A new public transport plan aimed at providing greater railway access and services to people living in the New Territories would be introduced this year, the assistant Transport Commissioner said on Monday.
Stephen Ip Man-kwong said the plan would include 'feeder services' to connect people in remote areas to the new Ma On Shan Rail (MOSR) line. The line will begin operating at the end of 2004.
Mr Ip explained: 'We will phase in the public transport plan gradually to facilitate smooth adaptation. The first phase will strengthen feeder services to MOSR stations.'
He said all existing public transport services would be maintained after the opening of the railway. Cancellation of bus routes would only be introduced later, after careful monitoring and assessments.
New facilities - such as connection bridges, subways, road crossings, cycle parks, taxi pick-up and drop-off points - would also be provided or improved for access to the stations, Mr Ip said.
He said a new public transport interchange at Wu Kai Sha station - the northern terminus of railway - had also been built. Another interchange at Tai Wai station was being built to replace the existing bus terminus next March.
The $10 billion Ma On Shan rail is expected to attract about 190,000 passengers a day by the end of the first operating year and receive income of $245 million annually.
Every household in Ma On Shan and relevant districts will receive a booklet about the new transport arrangements. Public transport operators will also put up notices of major adjustments.
For more details, contact the Transport Department on tel: 2804-2600, or visit: www.info.gov.hk/td