Independent transport videos welcome you to the second of two DVDs featuring the buses and trams of Hong Kong. This programme covers Kowloon and the New Territories. As was the case with the first part of this DVD feature, and since our cameras last visited in 2015 much has changed with the buses of the major operators - Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), Long Win Bus (LWB), New World First Bus (NWFB), Citybus, Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and New Lantao Bus Company. KMB have a new livery of all-over red with silver trim and a new interior featuring cream and brown e-leather seats, Wi-Fi and all the things now expected on modern buses. We begin this programme in Kowloon, filming on the busy thoroughfare of Nathan Road. Here we see buses from the fleets of KMB, NWFB and Citybus in operation, all presenting the latest products from Alexander Dennis (ADL) and Volvo with bodywork by ADL and Wrightbus respectively. Older buses in the KMB fleet are Alexander ALX500s on Dennis Trident or Volvo Super Olympian (B10TL) chassis. Some Super Olympians have Volgren bodies and they are also seen on this programme. However, the ADL Enviro500 in its three styles rule the road with the Wrightbus Volvo B9TL coming a close second! From Nathan Road, our cameras move to Salisbury Road and the famous Star Ferry and bus terminus at Tsim Sha Tsui. The next location is the very busy town of Mei Foo where the buses run along Cheung Sha Wan Road and Lai Chi Kok Road, which are each side of the bus terminus. Some interesting additional buses seen here are the Gemilang bodied MAN A95 double-deckers operated by KMB. Jordan Road is our next location and a visit to the new Jordan West Kowloon Station Bus Terminus on Hoi Wang Road. We then see the buses turning at the also new ‘Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station’ where the latest high-speed trains leave for mainland China. Filming in Kowloon concludes with an evening to night-time view of the action along various sections of Nathan Road.
Our journey to the New Territories begins on board KMB, 3ATENU74 (UE 5963), an ADL Enviro500MMC ‘facelift’ 12.8-metre double-decker on route 60X from Nathan Road, Kowloon to Tuen Mun. On arrival at Tuen Mun Central our cameras film on Heung Sze Wui Road and at the bus terminus. Here we see vehicles from LWB and the MTR fleets in action alongside KMB and some Citybus services. We then travel by MTR Light Rail tram number 1122 to Tuen Mun Ferry Pier where we film on Wu Chui Road and Wu King Road. Our next location is the busy town of Yuen Long where we see the Light Rail trams running through the centre of the town on Castle Peak Road alongside a good selection of KMB, LWB and New Lantao buses adding variety to our film. Kwong Fuk Road in the town of Tai Po is our next location for you to enjoy before we reach our final location at Sha Tin. Beginning at City One Sha Tin we see the new KMB recruits taking to the road for the first time from the nearby driver training school using Volvo B7RLE, MCV bodied saloons dating from 2010. City One is also the terminus for the Citybus 88R service. This non-franchised route serves the residents of the area with a direct service to Central on Hong Kong Island. Using cascaded Dennis Tridents mostly from the NWFB fleet and elderly Citybus Volvo Olympians this is where the oldest buses in service can be found in Hong Kong. Since our filming, the Olympians have now been retired. We then visit the busy Sha Tin Central (Town Plaza) bus terminus and see in action KMB, AYM2 (TS 3640), one of the Youngman ‘Supercapacitor Zero Emission’ single–deckers. Further filming takes place at the terminus and at the Sha Tin MTR Station bus terminus, which completes our 2018 visit to Hong Kong. We hope you have enjoyed this visit as much as we did filming it for you!
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 92 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Release date - April 2019