Long wait for Ma Wan buses

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 5:54am

Regarding your correspondence on library services in Ma Wan, the lack of a library is the least of our worries given the major crisis residents face over transport.

Sun Hung Kai Properties agreed with the government when building Park Island estate on Ma Wan (where there would be no private cars) to provide all the island's transport services through its subsidiary, Park Island Transport.

Like many others, I bought a flat here because of the transport network - ferries to Central and Tsuen Wan West and buses to three MTR stations and the airport. So it was a shock when Park Island Transport announced it was cutting the Tsuen Wan ferry, claiming it was making losses.

When residents protested, the company came up with an even worse plan, keeping the Tsuen Wan ferry on weekends but slashing the service to Central to peak hours Monday to Friday only.

The fast and frequent ferries were to be replaced by inadequate bus services, with passengers sometimes having to wait an hour to board.

After using its transport pledges to get people to buy, Sun Hung Kai sees no need to maintain that transportation now it has made its profits from flat sales.

Park Island owners rejected Park Island Transport's proposals. and the Tsuen Wan ferry was stopped. Since we also voted not to renew the company's bus licences, from April 2013 Ma Wan may be left with virtually no transport. Proposals are being sought from other providers but so far without success.

The company should work with the residents in good faith to find a plan that is acceptable to both sides.

At least some elected legislators and district councillors are trying to find a solution. The Transport Department has failed to do anything to help.

Sherry Lee, Ma Wan