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Network 26

Low-profile Ngan clan bows out with grace

The low-profile Ngan family, which has owned CMB since winning its franchise in 1933, maintained its near-silence right up to the last.

The family, which has only rarely made public statements, bade farewell in a small press notice yesterday.

Tuesday, 1 September, 1998, 12:00am

Octopus card helps ease small change problem

We refer to the letter headlined, 'Coin shortage making bus trip a pricey option', by Reiner Zimmerman (South China Morning Post, December 11).

1 Jan 1998 - 12:00am


I refer to the letter by Peter Leung (Sunday Morning Post, December 21), who suggests that bus service quality in some areas has dropped when the competition disappears.

Citybus is very sensitive to allegations such as this, which are totally without foundation.

28 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Bus firms override the free market

How much profit should the bus companies make? How often should the bus companies be allowed to raise their fares, and by how much? If there are any guiding principles by which applications for bus fare increases are assessed, they are not known to the public.

25 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Strip bus firm of franchise, say legislators

China Motor Bus (CMB) should not be allowed to keep its franchise when it expires next August, provisional legislators urged yesterday.

Following the labour dispute over the sacking of 45 depot staff, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, of the Liberal Party, said the continuing poor performance and services provided by CMB had reached an alarming level.

15 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Fare's fair

Mid-summer signals that the Transport Department was prepared to get tough with the China Motor Bus company have, once more, turned out to be just talk. Although last night's settlement averted any immediate threat of a strike, the eleventh hour nature of this agreement left commuters uncertain, until the last moment, whether they would face travel chaos this morning.

14 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Catching the competition bus

Once again the battle for Hong Kong Island's bus routes has taken an unexpected turning. China Motor Bus, still the major operator, is said not to have tendered on time for the extension of its franchise. CMB objects to this charge, saying it has been in continuous negotiations with the Government which, therefore, knows of its plans.

15 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Unable to provide a service

I thank Mark Savelli of Citybus for responding in these columns on October 14, to my letter (South China Morning Post, October 8), calling for a better bus service for the Jardine's Lookout area. I cannot accept his explanation that the unsatisfactory timetable was in place because the company inherited it from another company, which we all know is China Motor Bus (CMB).

28 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Bus service has slipped

Like many other people, I was pleased when Citybus began replacing China Motor Bus (CMB) services on certain routes and introducing new routes.

15 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Manifest improvements

IT was disappointing to read of Mr Colin Kerr's concerns about new Citybus route 85 (South China Morning Post, September 5).

Regular customers will have observed manifest improvements in the quality of service offered since the route was ceded to Citybus on September 1. Namely: The addition of one bus over and above the scheduled allocation.

13 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

CMB wins its battle

THE renewal of the franchise of China Motor Bus (CMB) sets a worrying precedent by showing how easy it is for a public transport operator to hold the Government to ransom and get away with it.

28 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

New buses boost drive for routes

CITYBUS is to get 60 new buses next month as part of its campaign to take routes from China Motor Bus (CMB) whose franchise ends in August.

The buses, each costing more than $2 million, have 99 seats and room for 48 standing passengers.

29 May 1995 - 12:00am

Confident about future services

ALTHOUGH Citybus' franchise to operate in Hong Kong expired in August 1996, the company's managing director was confident it would be renewed.

Lyndon Rees said that under the company's Route Development Plan, Citybus had already outlined how it would expand its network for the next 10 years.

1 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Network marks year's operation

NETWORK 26 celebrates its first anniversary this month and the first franchise, route 12 A, marks its third year.

Citybus' number 12 A made its first journey from Central to Macdonnell Road on this day in 1991.

1 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Residents feel abandoned

THIS week, without warning, notices were posted by Citybus at bus-stops advising the abbreviation, from today, of the No 12A (MacDonnell Road circular) service.

It will originate and end at Admiralty, thereby cutting out the original sector from Guangdong Building to Admiralty via Central and back.

7 May 1994 - 12:00am