I REFER to the letter of Mr Y. K. Chan (South China Morning Post, May 6), regarding the re-routeing of routes 8A and 68.
In 1993 we employed an independent transport consultant to review our urban Kowloon bus network.
As the population in urban Kowloon has been decreasing, the consultant recommended the urban network be rationalised so that resources could be better utilised and routes with high passenger demand could be catered for. Re-routeing of route Nos 8A and 68 falls in the rationalisation plan and prior to the implementation, we have consulted concerned district boards and obtained approval from the Transport Department.
Before deciding on re-routing route No 8A, we had monitored the demand pattern very carefully. Surveys showed that most passengers of the route had made use of the service to travel between Whampoa Garden and the Star Ferry.
Few had used it to go beyond the Star Ferry to Canton Road. Passengers who want to travel between Tsim Sha Tsui and Canton Road can make use of other KMB services or the Green Public Light Bus service.
Since the residents of Yuen Long can make use of route No 68X to go to Jordan, we have re-routed route No 68, originally running between Yuen Long and Jordan Ferry, to terminate at Shamshuipo. This is to provide people in Yuen Long more convenient access to West Kowloon. Passengers in the Jordan area can take routes 30X and 234X from Nathan Road to Tsuen Wan town centre or 238X from Jordan Road to the Tsuen Wan industrial area.
We are sorry that these new arrangements have brought inconvenience to Mr Chan. However, as a public transport operator, we have to balance the benefits of different commuters and make sure that our resources are used in the most effective way.
WINNIE NG Public Relations Manager The Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd