A New World logo replaces a China Motor Bus logo on the side of a bus in 1998. This month New World First Bus, as CMB became, was sold again, along with Citybus, to private equity buyers. Photo: SCMPA New World logo replaces a China Motor Bus logo on the side of a bus in 1998. This month New World First Bus, as CMB became, was sold again, along with Citybus, to private equity buyers. Photo: SCMP
A New World logo replaces a China Motor Bus logo on the side of a bus in 1998. This month New World First Bus, as CMB became, was sold again, along with Citybus, to private equity buyers. Photo: SCMP

When New World took over Hong Kong Island bus routes from China Motor Bus

  • China Motor Bus had been resisting government proposals to modernise and was ‘dogged with complaints about poor service’
  • The New World takeover, hailed as a ‘new era in public transport’, ensured all 2,300 China Motor Bus staff were taken on board

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A New World logo replaces a China Motor Bus logo on the side of a bus in 1998. This month New World First Bus, as CMB became, was sold again, along with Citybus, to private equity buyers. Photo: SCMPA New World logo replaces a China Motor Bus logo on the side of a bus in 1998. This month New World First Bus, as CMB became, was sold again, along with Citybus, to private equity buyers. Photo: SCMP
A New World logo replaces a China Motor Bus logo on the side of a bus in 1998. This month New World First Bus, as CMB became, was sold again, along with Citybus, to private equity buyers. Photo: SCMP
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