8 December 2003
Free bus services to back up Light Rail Tin Shui Wai Extensions
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (Monday) announced that free bus services will be provided to back up the newly-opened Light Rail Tin Shui Wai Extensions.
With effect from tomorrow, the Corporation will waive all fares for the four supplemental KCRC bus routes operating in parallel with the two Light Rail Extensions. Bus fares for these routes now range from $3.7 to $4.4.
"This free service will be provided at least until the opening of West Rail," a spokesman for the Corporation said.
The four supplemental bus routes which will provide a free service from tomorrow are:

•    Temporary bus route K2P (Tin Shui Wai Town Centre – Tuen Mun Town Centre)
•    Temporary bus route K76 (Tin Heng – WR Siu Hong Station via Hung Shui Kiu)
•-    New special bus route K62S (Tin Shui Wai Town Centre – Yuen Long East)
•    K75P (Tin Shui – Hung Shui Kiu)

At the same time, KCRC will beef up the services of the two new Light Rail routes, 751 (Tin Yat – Yau Oi) and 761 (Tin Wing – Yuen Long) by extending the peak-hour period from 7:00 am to before 6:30 am. This means trains will run at 4 to 5 minute frequency starting from 6:30 am tomorrow.
More KCRC staff will be deployed at busy stops of these two Light Rail routes to assist passengers and to direct them to parallel bus services in the event Light Rail stops become crowded.
The decision to introduce these new measures was made this morning following a review of the initial traffic pattern of the two new Light Rail extensions.
A KCRC spokesman said, "While we have beefed up our bus services in preparation for the change in traffic pattern brought about by the opening of the two new Light Rail routes, it would take time for passengers to adjust to it. This is evident in this morning’s traffic pattern where a great number of passengers continued to use Light Rail rather than switch to supplemental bus service.
"In this respect, we are now stepping up our publicity on the alternative bus routes that our passengers can use free of charge."
"We will also keep the situation under review with a view to ensuring that the transport needs of Tin Shui Wai are adequately met," the spokesman said.
The spokesman apologised for the inconvenience caused to Light Rail passengers who were affected this morning. Passengers who did not complete their Light Rail journeys this morning may obtain a refund for the fare paid by tendering their Octopus or single ride tickets at any Light Rail Customer Services Centres.