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Councillors put brakes on plan to rejig bus routes

Councillors put brakes on plan to rejig bus routes

A proposed reorganisation of bus routes in North District is on hold because local politicians are unhappy about the plan to axe a loss-making route to Kowloon.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 3:28am 1 comment

Paper talk

Singapore party man George Yeo is on Hong Kong's new Economic Development Commission

Cracks have been found in dozens of village houses at Pat Heung, Yuen Long, probably caused by the drilling and blasting involved in excavating tunnels for the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am

Some KMB routes inefficient

With a more efficient network, KMB can help cut pollution

KMB fully realises that it is not an ordinary business, but a company providing an essential public service to more than 2.5 million passengers per day.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

Property development profits and bus fare rises do not go together

Fare's fair: property development profits and bus fare rises cannot go together

KMB's deputy managing director, Evan Auyang, said that the government had not supplied land at below-market rates for the company to build staff quarters and bus depots. He also defended KMB's operating policies concerning its property development and its advertising business, RoadShow.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 27, 2013

Francois Hollande is hurting France's economy. Photo: AFP

I refer to the report concerning the groundbreaking research into "brittle tail syndrome" in racehorses. The article, while correctly hailing the efforts of Professor Yuen Kwong-yung and his team at the University of Hong Kong, unfortunately overlooked the true extent of the collaboration between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and HKU.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am 6 comments

KMB fare rise shows need to nationalise bus firms

This is KMB's third fare increase since 2008.

Hong Kong has always been known for its speed and efficiency, but not this government. So it was surprising to see that the Executive Council, led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, had moved at lightning speed to approve a fare-increase application from Kowloon Motor Bus within three months.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 4 comments

KMB to bump up fares by 4.9pc, citing financial squeeze

KMB, the city's largest bus operator, recorded a loss of HK$15.2 million in the first half of last year and would probably run a deficit for 2012. Photo: Sam Tsang

About three out of four Kowloon Motor Bus passengers will face fare increases of up to 40 HK cents per trip next month, after the bus operator received government approval for an average 4.9 per cent rise yesterday. The increase is higher than the previous two fare rises - 3.6 per cent in May 2011 and 4.5 per cent in June 2008 - but much lower than the 8.5 per cent that KMB asked for in November. 

20 Feb 2013 - 4:50am

KMB fare increase cut to 4.9pc, due in March

Transport secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government has slashed an 8.5 per cent fare rise request by Kowloon Motor Bus to 4.9 per cent, but pledged to help the loss-making company change some of its routes.

The decision to cut back the increase was taken with public affordability in mind, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013 - 11:50pm

Mass transit in Hong Kong is moving with the times

Commuters move through MTR station in Tsuen Wan. Photo: Bloomberg

We hear a lot about Hong Kong's future economic role. Much of the discussion seems to be little more than guesswork about which pillar industries or hi-tech sectors the government should encourage. Many economists, however, would say that the government should stick to the basics: welfare, education, housing, health care and transport.

11 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

KMB seeks 8.5pc fare hike as losses mount

A Kowloon Motor Bus station in Hung Hom. Photo: David Wong

Kowloon Motor Bus, Hong Kong's largest franchise bus operator, on Thursday applied for an 8.5 per cent fare rise for next year citing increased fuel prices and falling passenger numbers.

29 Nov 2012 - 7:47pm 1 comment

Video shows driver fainting as bus veered out of control before Chai Wan crash

Director of development of New World Bus, William Chung Chak-man.

Two of the three people killed in the taxi were top culinary staff at British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's famous Fat Duck restaurant. Swede Carl Lindgren, 30, and Briton Jorge Herrena, 34, died instantly. 

12 Aug 2013 - 2:54pm 2 comments

Older bus drivers need tougher fitness tests

It's time the government and bus companies reviewed the health-check system.

Hong Kong has once again been shocked by a fatal accident involving a driver who collapsed behind the wheel of his vehicle. In what could be a sequence from a disaster movie, his double decker bus carrying dozens of passengers lost control and rushed down a notoriously steep road in Chai Wan, after its 57-year-old driver suddenly passed out. Sadly, this was not fiction.

12 Aug 2013 - 2:55pm 2 comments

Bus driver collapsed at wheel shortly before deadly crash

Firefighters remove the bodies from a taxi crushed between two buses. Photo: Thomas Yau

Bus passengers yesterday described how they saw their driver collapse moments before the bus careened down a hill and caused a three-vehicle pile-up that left three people in a crushed taxi dead, and injured 56.

12 Aug 2013 - 2:56pm

City Digest

Green groups press C.Y. on country park enclaves

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Route to profit

In March, the Planning Department amended the use of three adjacent plots of land in Tuen Mun that belong to Transport International Holdings, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties, rezoning them from industrial to comprehensive development area.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am