27 September 2006
Light Rail service improvement
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) announced today that part of Light Rail and bus services mainly in Tin Shui Wai will be improved in early October to enable 270,000 Tin Shui Wai residents enjoy a more efficient transport service.
New improvement measures include combining Routes 761 and 761P, with the termini at Tin Yat and Yuen Long terminus with effect from 8 October. Compared to the current combined headway of 5 minutes of Routes 761/761P, new 761P will run more frequently at a 4.5 minute interval in the morning peak period. Besides, headways of Tin Shui Wai Circular Routes 705 and 706 will be enhanced from 6.5 minutes to 5 minutes so that Tin Shui Wai residents can enjoy more convenient Light Rail services.
To encourage passengers to get used to the new arrangement, KCRC will offer a rebate of more than 10% to passengers using Octopus to travel between Tin Wing, Tin Yuet, Tin Sau, Wetland Park or Tin Heng stops and alight at Hang Mei Tsuen to stops en route to Yuen Long at the other. Adults can save $0.5 and children/senior citizens can save $0.3 for each trip (including return trip). The discount will be offered from 8 Oct to 15 Oct 2006.
Passengers who currently take Route 761 at the 5 affected Light Rail stops for Hang Mei Tsuen and other stops en route Yuen Long are advised to take Route 705 to Tin Fu to interchange at the same platform for Route 761P. Passengers may also take either Route 705 or 706 to West Rail Tin Shui Wai Station and transfer to West Rail.
KCRC will also allocate resources to strengthen 4 bus routes in Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun from 9 October onwards. They are K73, K74, K76 and K51. Details are as follows:
Three special bus trips for the Route K73 running from Tin Heng and Yuen Long East will be arranged during the morning peak hours from Mondays to Fridays.
The service of the Circular Route K74 will be strengthened. The existing route running between Tin Shui and Yuen Long West via Castle Peak Road Yuen Long will be extended to Pok Oi Hospital.
KCRC will offer free interchange to passengers who use Octopus to interchange between K73 and K74 for easy access to/from Pok Oi Hospital.
Service of K76 which runs between Tin Heng and West Rail Tin Shui Wai Station will be strengthened. The frequency will be enhanced from 5 to 4 minutes during peak hours.
Service of K51 (Fu Tai and Tai Lam) will be strengthened. The frequency will be enhanced from 7.5 to 6 minutes during peak hours.
To effectively allocate resources and benefit more residents in northwest New Territories, from 9 Oct onwards, KCRC will cease the operation of K2P (between Tin Shui Wai Town Centre and Tuen Mun Town Centre), which has an extremely low patronage.
KCRC will keep track of passenger opinion on the new arrangements and review its service from time to time to ensure that the services can meet the needs of the travelling public. For enquiries, please call KCRC Hotline at 2929 3399.