Tung Chung aggrieved by bridge crowd

Local | Charlotte Luo 5 Nov 2018

Downtown Tung Chung has become the new hotspot for people travelling on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

Hundreds of people yesterday afternoon were waiting for route B6 buses that run between Mun Tung Estate and the Hong Kong port of the bridge.

Some tour groups used the area outside shopping mall Citygate, which is near the Tung Chung MTR Station, as a gathering point.

They were allowed to aboard route B6 buses first, which infuriated some of the individual bus users, most of whom are residents.

Some of them had to wait for more than an hour to get on a bus. The crowds began to lessen at around 7pm as the waiting time shortened to a few minutes.

A lawmaker of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Holden Chow Ho-ding, who is also a Tung Chung district councilor, said he had received complaints from residents in recent days that the route B6 bus stop is too close to residential areas, and that the people who gather there make too much noise.

He said he had asked earlier to move the bus stop but the Transport Department wanted to observe the situation before making a decision.

Some residents complained that toilets in the shopping mall became dirty due to the increasing number of tourists. Ngong Ping 360's cable car stop, which is close to Citygate, attracted many visitors in the morning yesterday. It took visitors 90 minutes on average to get to the ticket counters and then 30 minutes to ride a cable car.

Meanwhile, cross-boundary bus operators have launched a booking service for tour groups to divert crowds from the borders on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

About 50 group tours had made bookings via the new service to Zhuhai by Sunday night, Hong Kong Tourism Association executive director Timothy Chui Ting-pong said.

The managing director of One Bus Hong Kong Macau, Teddy Chung Wai-tong, said he hopes the government can approve more coaches to run between Macau and Hong Kong.

On the second Sunday since the bridge opened, there was again a large number of passengers queuing at shuttle bus stops to Macau and Zhuhai.

At stops in Hong Kong for direct coaches to Zhuhai, there was no queues.

By 4pm yesterday, about 51,000 people entered or left Hong Kong via the bridge.

Passenger numbers via the Hong Kong port of the bridge hit a record-high of 86,836 on Saturday after shuttle bus services improved.

charlotte.luo@singtaonewscorp.com

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