Following our complaint letter in March 2017 the Transport Department has conducted their own surveys and concluded that the service problems are serious. This week, we held a meeting with the operator and Transport Department. The next step is for them to identify solutions which are technically feasible and acceptable to residents in both Pokfulam and Kennedy Road. We have asked them to respond within 2 months.
Owing to the consistently poor service and management, we have lodged a complaint with the Transport Department with records of 45 lost trips and 20 buses skipping the Lower Baguio stops. We asked Transport Department to issue a final warning to the operator and to come up with a plan of actions to improve the services.
We have submitted feedback from residents and our bus stop surveys conducted at Lower Baguio and HKU station. In response Transport Department has added a 8:20am departure for the new minibus 8 schedule which will come into effect on 25 December 2016.
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Our proposal to move the bus stop at Forbes Street closer to Exit C of Kennedy Town MTR station is being implemented. The tentative effective date is Friday, 29 April 2016. Please see the photo below for the new location.
For this year’s bus route rationalization, the Transport Department and bus operators have proposed to adjust the 30X, 43M, 971 and 3A services. The details are set out in the graphic below.
I will object to service level reductions when these proposals are tabled at the Southern District Council on 5 April 2016. I will also again ask for improvements such as scheduled departure times for 30X from Central.
Please feel free to let me know your views.
[Update 跟進消息 - 5 February 2016 ]
We are awaiting proposals from the Transport Department (TD) addressing problems encountered with the 8 and 28 services to and from Baguio Villas.
The online petition in November 2015 resulted in 250 submissions to TD urging improvements. My office has also regularly submitted reports of surveys conducted at bus stops and along the route.
In response, TD conducted its own surveys in December 2015 of the demand and actual operating frequency of the 8 and 28. The TD is now reviewing the information and various proposals.
First, there is proposal for the 28 to go direct from Caine Road to Kennedy Road without passing through the congested Ice House Street. This would reduce the journey time by 15-20 minutes and help improve the frequency. The shorter route would also help retain drivers who are unhappy with the long time between rest stops. Residents at Kennedy Road however would lose their service from Central, and changes to the 28 require consensus and no-objection from as many as three district councils.
The second proposal is from the 8 operator who wants to run the 8X only. This is unacceptable unless Transport Department can resolve the availability of seats between Caine Road, Bonham Road, HKU Station and Baguio Villa.
The third proposal, a merger of the 8 and 28 services appears to be too complicated.
Last week we sent a letter to TD (click here) urging them to come up with workable proposals, and to present these to you – the residents - soonest.
Thank you for your support, we have received over 250 online signatures for the campaign below.
We will keep you posted on the discussions with Transport Department and the operators.
Survey findings 意見調查結果
Updated on 10 September 2015
If you cannot view the pdf below, please click here to download the report.
We have Writen To The Government And Legislative Council With The Signatures Received.