A 2024 update for Hong Kong transport

It has been five years since my last visit to Hong Kong, and in that time there has been a number of changes to local transport.

Upgraded Peak Tram emerges from the haze at Victoria Peak

Trains

The Sha Tin to Central Link project is finally complete, with new Hyundai Rotem EMUs running on an extended East Rail line under Victoria Harbour to Admiralty.

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And the Ma On Shan and West Rail lines have been merged into the Tuen Ma line, with new CRRC Changchun EMUs running on the line along with existing SP1900 sets.

CRRC Changchun EMU arrives into Tin Shui Wai station on the Tuen Ma line

CKD0A diesel-electric locomotives have taken over on East Rail line works trains.

MTR Hyundai Rotem EMU passes MTR MTR CKD0A diesel-electric locomotive 9004 and classmate with a rail grinder at Ho Tung Lau depot

With retired MTR diesel-electric locomotives #62, #58 and #61 stored in the freight yard at Sha Tin.

Retired MTR diesel-electric locomotives #62, #58 and #61 stored in the freight yard at Sha Tin

But retired classmate #60 is now on display at the Hong Kong Railway Museum.

Retired MTR EMD diesel-electric locomotive #60 now on display at the Hong Kong Railway Museum

Two carriages from a retired Metro Cammell EMU have also been placed on display at the ‘Water Sports and Recreation Precinct’ on the Wan Chai Harbourfront.

Two carriages from MTR Metro Cammell EMU set E96 on display at the 'Water Sports and Recreation Precinct' on the Wan Chai Harbourfront

However the MTR Intercity Through Train service has been withdrawn – the KTT set stored at Fo Tan Depot.

MTR Hyundai Rotem EMUs stabled beside the stored KTT set at Fo Tan Depot

The Through Train terminal at Hung Hom station mothballed.

Mothballed Through Train customer service counter at Hung Hom station

Trams

New ‘Phase 5’ LRVs have entered service on the MTR Light Rail.

MTR Phase 5 LRV 1136 and 1135 on route 705 beside Tin Yiu Road, Tin Shui Wai

The upgrade of the Peak Tram has been finished.

Upgraded Peak Tram arrives into the lower station

And over the other side of the Pearl River Delta, the Macau Light Rapid Transit is now running.

Passing Ocean Cruiser train 021A headed westbound at Cotai East station on the Macau LRT

On the water

Ferry services to Macau have taken a hit following the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

TurboJet catamaran arrives at the Taipa Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge behind

And there is a new livery on the water of Victoria Harbour – Sun Ferry, the new name of New World First Ferry.

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Buses

Citybus was merged with New World First Bus, with a quick patch job applied to the acquired NWFB buses until the new Citybus livery can be applied.

Citybus #5658 TS7295 on route 970 along Nathan Road in a patched New World First Bus livery

Kowloon Motor Bus has a growing number of electric buses in their fleet, wearing a bright green livery.

KMB electric bus XY3143 on route 5A at the Star Ferry terminal

And older Long Win buses once used on airport services have been rebranded for KMB for use on urban routes.

Long Win Bus TS4230 rebranded for use with KMB heads along Waterloo Road, Kadoorie Hill

Aviation

The new Sky Bridge to the North Satellite Concourse is open.

Sky Bridge at Hong Kong International Airport, with planes down below

While work on the larger three-runway system (3RS) project at Hong Kong International Airport continues – the new northern runway in use, with work on a new air traffic control tower and terminal building continuing.

New air traffic control tower taking shape at Hong Kong International Airport as part of the three-runway system (3RS) project

And over at the former Kai Tak Airport, the checkerboard pattern on the hill above Kowloon City got a repaint after twenty years.

Night time view from the top of Checkerboard Hill in Kowloon Tong

And some non-transport things

The closed town of Sha Tau Kok is now open to tourists who apply for a travel permit.

Border checkpoint on the Hong Kong side of Chung Ying Street in Sha Tau Kok, which forms the border with Mainland China

With a replica KCR narrow gauge steam locomotive on display at the Chung Ying Street Garden, beside the border with Mainland China.

Replica KCR narrow gauge steam locomotive on display at Chung Ying Street Garden in Sha Tau Kok

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland was extended to become the ‘Castle of Magical Dreams‘.

'Castle of Magical Dreams' at Hong Kong Disneyland

And in sad news, the Yee Shun Milk Company has closed down their outlets in Mongkok, Yau Ma Tei, and Jordan – leaving just one on Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay.

Last remaining Yee Shun Milk Company outlet, on Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay

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