More bridge buses, better queues proposed for Tung Chung chaos

Local | 9 Nov 2018 5:05 pm

The government proposed today new solutions that it says will help avoid a repeat of last weekend's scenes in Tung Chung, which was swamped by visitors arriving via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

But the steps top Hong Kong officials spelt out at a media briefing were limited to a tip about another bus route and a promise to streamline queues, RTHK reports.

Last weekend's media reports had shown footage of long queues for the B6 bus that runs between Tung Chung and the port area of the new bridge to Macau and Zhuhai.

The sudden influx of visitors to Tung Chung was linked to tour groups organized by travel agents in Zhuhai, some of them illegally, with bus loads of people offered a trip across the new bridge, but with no other itinerary.

Chan said new arrangements will be put in place at the B6 bus stop in Tung Chung, to shorten the queue of passengers.

One of the new solutions he proposed was scheduling two B6 buses at the same time. Another idea is to help streamline the queues.

Chan also offered another tip: instead of going to Tung Chung to catch a train to Hong Kong, visitors should be asked to head to Sunny Bay.

The bus to Sunny Bay, B5, is cheaper too, he added.

The secretary said the media should help in getting this information out to visitors who arrive via the bridge.

As for reports that some of the trips via the bridge were organized illegally by travel agencies in Zhuhai, the Commerce Secretary, Edward Yau, said Guangdong authorities have warned firms against bringing in unauthorized groups to Hong Kong.

"The provincial authority has informed us that they have issued instructions and guidelines to all the travel agencies operating such tours coming to Hong Kong," he said.

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