Trans-port bus service will be reduced as the East Rail extension begins operating

The Department for Transport on Wednesday proposed cutting cross-border bus services, including routes 101 and 104, after the East Rail extension went into service on May 15, citing changes in travel demand.

The fourth trans-port rail route, the Trans-Port Section of the Eastern Rail Line, will fully open on May 15, Transportation and Housing Secretary Frank Chan Fan announced.

With the new extension, passengers can reach shopping, convention and exhibition centres, as well as financial centers in the Wan Chai North and Admiralty areas on the East Rail Line without interchanging.

A document submitted by the Transport Department to the Kowloon City District Council said that after the extension is fully opened, the passenger travel pattern would see a significant change, while a decline was expected in use of certain transport routes.

The department proposed to cancel Route 301 from the Cross Harbor Tunnel toll plaza to Central and Sheung Wan on the first day of the carrier section’s opening on May 15.

The document also listed a total of eight routes in five groups, including Route 101 between Yue Man Square in Kwun Tong and Kennedy Town; Route 104 between Pak Tin Estate in Shek Kip Mei and Kennedy Town; Route 109 between Ho Man Tin and Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at Central; routes 111 and 111P between Ping Shek Estate in Kwun Tong and Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal; and Routes 171, 171A and 171P between Lei Tung Estate in Ap Lei Chau and Lai Chi Kok.

In addition, the Department of Transport expects the public transport interchange at the exhibition center station to serve as a hub for passengers on the Eastern Rail Line to be transferred to other transport. public.

Passengers could take seven feeder bus lines to and from the Eastern and Southern districts at the interchange, and a new 1M line is proposed to connect Expo Station and Wong Nai Chung Gap to Happy Valley.

Melvin Z. Madore