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Hong Kong Tramways

Hong Kong’s century-old trams revamped but here to stay

Trundling along slowly against a backdrop of glittering skyscrapers, Hong Kong’s trams are entering a new phase of their life but their well-loved retro look is here to stay.

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 2:33pm

Fare shortfall puts brakes on tram upgrades

The operator of Hong Kong's 163 trams says less than a third of its fleet will be upgraded by 2014 - half of its original target - because it did not get the fare rise it asked for.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

HK$2.30 judged fair fare for tram ride

A more modern and comfortable tram system for Hong Kong may have been left stalled on the tracks.

From June 7, the cost of an adult tram ride will rise by 30 cents from its current HK$2. But Hong Kong Tramways had requested a 50 cents increase to fund improvements to the service.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

'Disappointing' rise in tram fare puts upgrade on hold

A more modern and comfortable tram system for Hong Kong could be stalled indefinitely after Hong Kong Tramways said a 30 HK cents fare rise was far from enough to fund its multimillion renovation scheme.

The Executive Council slashed a requested fare rise of 50 cents, while approving a full HK$2 increase for taxi journeys.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Quieter trams could easily be the norm on entire route

I have exchanged several letters with Hong Kong Tramways about the work undertaken on their tracks.

I have pointed out that when they repair rails by welding overnight, which does not cause any disruption to traffic, they usually make the broken rail joint even noisier.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Trams to get better braking system

An emergency braking system to be installed on Hong Kong's trams next year will improve safety but could mean a sudden jolt for passengers.

The track-brake system - part of a HK$200 million renovation for the public transport system - will reduce the braking distance from 14 metres to 10.5 metres in an emergency.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Tram operator wants fare rise

Hong Kong Tramways wants to raise fares by 50 cents to HK$2.50 to help fund a proposed upgrade programme. It is the first time the transport operator has asked for an increase in fare since 1998, when it was owned by Wharf Holdings.

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Tram deal may translate to better service after all

Trams are unknown to most cities, or to be found only in transport museums or in the loving care of historical societies. In Hong Kong, they remain a loved part of collective memory for several generations, the city's oldest form of public transport and living heritage.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Irony in one advert and just plain naughty in another

Our hearts go out to the 41 people injured when two trams collided head-on at a busy junction in Causeway Bay on Thursday. The trams crashed when one took a turn and crashed into the other near the corner of Percival Street and Hennessy Road. It's not clear whether it was caused by human error or a faulty signal.

28 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


On rails

Trams are a familiar sight in Hong Kong - on the island that is. A tram is a vehicle that travels on rails. The first one was made in Wales more than 200 years ago. The first trams were not electric. They were pulled by horses, or sometimes mules.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am