Independent transport videos welcome you to the first of two DVDs featuring the buses and trams of Hong Kong. This programme covers Hong Kong Island and the ever-developing island of Lantau situated to the west. Since our cameras last visit in 2015 much has changed with both the buses and trams. We begin on Hong Kong Island at the busy Central Ferry Pier bus terminus. Here we see the many new buses operating with the main bus operators, Citybus, New World First Bus (both owned by New World Services) and Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB). Most are Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC and 500MMC ‘face-lift’ double-deckers as well as ADL200MMC single-deckers and Chinese-built Youngman single-deckers. New Wrightbus-bodied Volvo B9TL double-deckers are also seen with each operator. Since our last programmes of Hong Kong buses, KMB has introduced a new all-over red with silver trim livery with a new fleet name brand, all of which are featured on this programme. Our filming continues on Man Yiu Street, Harbour View Street, Central (Exchange Square) bus terminus, Connaught Road and Des Voeux Road Central. Look out for the Citybus Volvo Olympians on their last few months in service on the 88R resident’s service to Sha Tin, as all will be gone by March 2019. We then move to the east and catch up with the bus and tram scene at Shau Kei Wan, starting with the bus terminus and then along the busy Shau Kei Wan Road. Here we see some of the NWFB Neoplan Centroliners, which will soon be at the end of their operational lives. A ride on the top deck of tram 70 takes us back to Central, filming as we travel along this busy route capturing the buses, trams and the busy scene associated with this part of Hong Kong. Our next location is to the southwest of the island – Aberdeen. Our cameras capture the action at the bus terminus and on Aberdeen Praya Road, Chengtu Road and Main Road. At the south of the island is Stanley. Famous for its market we see buses from Citybus and NWFB in action on Stanley Village Road and at the bus terminus. Sai Wan Ho (Grand Promenade) bus terminus is our next location. Here we see 3355 (KS 5587) one of the last low-height Dennis Tridents with Duple Metsec bodywork in service with NWFB, these strong powerful buses were used on services to The Peak and over the hills to Stanley. It obviously liked being filmed as it followed our cameras the following day to The Peak! We now travel on one of NWFB’s latest ADL Enviro500MMC 12.8 mtr. double-deckers to North Point. From North Point, we film at Des Voeux Road Central by Western Market and see tram 88, which is the ‘Pilot Cooler Tram’ – the first air-conditioned tram. A short ride on the ‘Rickshaw’ open-top sightseeing bus brings us back to Central Ferry Pier to join NWFB, 3802 (UM 8146), an ADL 400MMC ‘face-lift’ 10.4 metre double-decker for a packed ride to see the views from The Peak concluding our visit to Hong Kong Island.
The final part of this programme sees us on Lantau island at the Sunny Bay Station bus terminus. Here we see the buses from bus terminus at HZMB is our penultimate filming location on this programme. Here we see the buses from the New Lantao Bus Company (1973) Ltd. that included brand new ADL Enviro 400MMC and new MAN Gemilang double-deckers in their smart green and white livery. The Citybus ‘Cityflyer’ services are now diverted through this interchange giving plenty of variety for bus enthusiasts! We conclude this programme with a visit to the bus terminus at Hong Kong’s International Airport. We arrive on AD03 (VP 9994), a New Lantao Bus Company ADL Enviro 400MMC. Here we see many Long Win Bus Co. (LWB) buses in service. LWB is part of KMB and has recently introduced an eye-catching orange, dark grey and white livery with a stylised LWB logo. Their current fleet is made up almost entirely of Enviro500 double deckers in all three body variations. With plenty of action to enjoy, this is a fitting end to this programme. We look forward to seeing you on our next DVD covering Kowloon and the New Territories.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 105 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Release date - April 2019