District Quarterly No.12: Annual evaluation and outlook

Tsuen Wan Rural
District Quarterly No.12

Annual evaluation and outlook

Content

Norris Hin Lung Ng
Tsuen Wan District Councillor


Transportation: Request to revamp the bus fare structure to charge by distance

1: Follow up the proposal of provision of return section fare from Tuen Mun to Sham Tseng

52X is the route where residents use to travel from Tuen Mun Central to Tsing Lung Tau and Sham Tseng. They however need to pay the full fare ($12.8) even for a relatively shorter distance. Meanwhile, 53, which charges a lower fare, is not a reliable substitute due to its low frequency. Residents have to pay an unreasonable fare but have no choice. In comparison, Singapore has already implemented charging by distance. I requested in the Council to revamp the bus fare structure and to provide two-way section fare for routes without viable alternatives like 52X. Trip from Tuen Mun to Sham Tseng should charge only $7.8. Trans. Dept. promised to follow up with the bus company.

2: Advocate lowering the section fare of 234A and 234B and providing more interchange concessions

The last section of route 234A/B between Bellagio and Sea Crest Villa is a short one, but the section fare of $4.1, compared to the full fare of $6.1/$5.1, does not accurately reflect the relationship between fare and distance. Another Tsuen Wan route 30X however charges a lower section fare $3.5 from Fu Wah St to Allway Gardens for a longer distance. I have written to bus companies proposing to lower the section fare and to offer interchange discounts to routes such as 52X/234C/234D/962B for more convenient access to Sham Tseng, where residents go to for daily needs and interchange.

Annual Statement: District Issues Evaluation and Outlook

1: Focus on people’s livelihood & Improve transportation and traffic

1 Petition to Commissioner for Transport / 2 Fighting for airport bus to observe Tsing Lung Tau full-day at District Council / 3 Petition to Transport Department for improvement of transportation in Sham Tseng and Tsing Lung Tau / 4 Meeting minibus operators and Transport Department with the representatives of Sea Crest Villa Phase 4 / 5 Request to abolish quota for buses

In the past year, my work kept focused on improving our transportation. I am pleased to understand that Transport Department and the bus companies have positively responded to our demand to provide more trips of 234D to Kwun Tong and 962E to Island East, and to commence route 962N to Causeway Bay at early morning and midnight, and to allow airport bus A31P to observe Tsing Lung Tau all day.

I am also in close contact with Transport Department and the bus companies to discuss the service levels of other bus routes. For instance, we keep advocating the extension the service hours of 261B to Tsim Sha Tsui, to commence a new express route 261C to and from Kowloon East, and to follow up the occupancy of 962 series.

Meanwhile, a number of road improvement proposals were accepted and implemented by Transport Department. This includes (i) increasing the traffic priority from Ting Kau Bridge to Tsing Ma Bridge by changing road marking to reduce the traffic congestion on Tuen Mun Road; (ii) lengthening the solid-cum-broken lines on West Kowloon Highway at the slip road to Ching Cheung Road and Gascoigne Road to avoid hindrance to vehicles going straight, to protect those crossing the harbour in particular; (iii) installation of more traffic bollards at Ma Wan Pier Bus Stop to prevent illegally parked vehicles from blocking buses entering the station. I will continue to follow up on other aspects of traffic, such as (i) raising the traffic priority of vehicles going straight at the roundabouts on Castle Peak Road to avoid collisions between vehicles on the inside lane and outside lane; (ii) installation of cameras against speeding and red-light-running on Castle Peak Road to protect pedestrians and drivers; (iii) increasing the number of motorcycle parking spaces at Lung Yue Road.

I believe that as we continue to work hard and liaise, more convenient transport options will become available and smoother roads we have.

2: Face the challenge & Overcome the difficulties

1 Inter-departmental meeting for Street Sleeper / 2 Lodging complaint to Ombudsman for the Street Sleeper case / 3 Proposal of introduction of technology to assist enforcement actions to Secretary for Security / 4 Proposing Tuen Mun – Tsuen Wan – Sha Tin Railway in District Council / 5 Proposing Tuen Mun – Tsuen Wan – Sha Tin Railway in Legislative Council

Despite the achievements in 2018, challenges were encountered. Bureaucracy is common among the government departments. The multi-departmental matters often require a lot of time to clarify their purview and responsibilities. In the case of Tsing Lung Tau street sleeper, I started to follow up since I took office in January 2016. After several joint departmental meetings, relevant government departments took no practical action. The case would not have ended if the street sleeper did not withdraw from living on the footbridge for his own personal reasons. The current government practice of avoiding responsibility is unacceptable and must be rectified. I have lodged a complaint to the Office of The Ombudsman which was accepted and being investigated. I will handle bureaucracies without tolerance if I encounter similar situation in the future.

The Government lacks vision in formulating policies. In Chinese saying, it is called “to treat where the pain is”, focusing on narrow parts without understanding the wider picture. The Government has been taking no action until the problem surfaced and worsened before it began to think of ways to deal with it. However, I do believe the longer livelihood infrastructure projects take, the earlier it needs to be prepared. For example, Tuen Mun Road and Ting Kau Bridge are often congested. The construction of a railway is undoubtedly one of the long-term solutions to the chronic traffic congestion in the West New Territories. Following the local consultation in November 2017, I will continue to advocate my scheme of Tuen Mun – Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin Railway to various senior officials of the Government, in preparation for the future.

The Government is lagging behind in the utilisation of technology. To combat illegally parked vehicles, the police is still hand-writing tickets, and police officers or traffic wardens must be present to issue the tickets. In fact, the Government may set up IP cameras to monitor the road situations and automatically analyse the captured videos to obtain information of the illegally parked vehicles for further prosecution. By then the need for police officers to personally attend the location of traffic offence would be reduced, freeing up time for more important life-saving duties. I will continue to advocate the introduction of technology to improve the efficiencies of government operation.

3: Down-to-earth thinking & Execute with discipline

1 Street Session at Hong Kong Garden / 2 Street Session at Sea Crest Villa Phase 1 / 3 Street Session at Ma Wan Pier / 4 Street Session at Sea Crest Villa Phase 3 / 5 Street Session at Sea Crest Villa Phase 4

 

1 Site Visit for enhancement works to Tsuen Wan Multi-Storey Carpark minibus terminus with government departments / 2 Site Visit with Home Affairs Department for the proposed sitting-out area at Tsing Lung Tau coastal area

In the past three years since I assumed office, I have been adhering to the principle of “seeking truth from facts”. To do what should be done, in a disciplined manner. Before any proposal, research and data collection must be done. I will put forward the proposal only if the goal is objective, reasonable and in line with the long-term interests of the public. Due to the same reason, my proposal are often not quick-fixes and people may not be able to see the result in a short period of time. Even if there is good news, I may not be the earliest person to announce the news because of the time needed for verification. I believe that the residents need a Councillor who can be trusted and will consider the well-being of the district, instead someone who is keen on gaining credits.

2019 is the last year of this term. I will hold the above principles and continue to follow up a number of proposals, including but not limited to increasing the fleet size of minibus route 308M and provide special trips from Tsing Lung Tau, commencing bus route 52M to and from Tsuen Wan and Kwai Fong, improving the accessibility and waiting environment of the Tsuen Wan Multi-storey Carpark minibus terminus, enhancing the waterfront facilities and developing a second-hand goods exchange platform.

Finally, I wish you all good health and every success in 2019!

 


Transportation: Result of Survey on Pattern of Transportation to Tsuen Wan & Kwai Fong

Listening to feedback at Hong Kong Garden

The survey on Mode of Transport to Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung has been completed in December 2018. Thanks for your participation and your precious feedback!

This survey reveals that a majority of residents in Tsing Lung Tau and Sham Tseng goes to Tsuen Wan and Kwai Fong for leisure and shopping, apart from for work and study. The transport demand for work and study is more concentrated at rush hours, while that for leisure and shopping is sustained and spread out at non-rush hours.

1: Do you need to visit Tsuen Wan Town and Kwai Hing Kwai Fong in your daily life?

2: Councillor Norris Ng is striving for bus service to Tsuen Wan and Kwai Fong. If at the beginning there is only one trip per day, when should it arrive our district so that it would be most convenient to you?

The result reveals a general trend that the demand for service during morning rush hours is high. 410 out of 495 respondents (82.8%) indicated their preferred time in the period of 07:00 – 08:45. The demand peaked at 07:30 and 08:00, where 118 (23.8%) and 110 (22.2%) respondents indicated as their preferred time respectively. Relatively quite a lot of people chose time not printed on the question paper, such as 10:00.

3: If it is a return trip, when should it depart at the urban area so that it would be most convenient to you?

The result reveals the demand peaked at 18:30 where 135 (27.2%) respondents indicated as their preferred time. The result plotted into a graph shows the demand slowly growing up from 16:00 to 18:30. Relative quite a lot of people chose time not printed on the question paper, such as 23:00.

 

I have wrote to Transport Department and the bus company for the survey result, for their consideration of our proposal for the new bus route (So Kwun Wat – Tuen Mun Interchange – Sham Tseng Tsing Lung Tau – Tsuen Wan – Kwai Fong). Taking the above survey result into consideration, I proposed timetable of initial operation could be 06:30 – 19:30 for outbound service and 12:00 – 24:00 for inbound service.

Explaining works on fighting for improvement at Lido Garden
Transport Department receipt of survey result

Survey conditions

Questionnaire received

Valid responses: 495
Period: 01/12/2018 – 22/12/2018
Method: Distributed and collected online, at street sessions, through instant messages, emails, and at our office.

* Multiple-choices were not forbidden for all questions. The basis of all percentages is the number of valid responses, i.e. 495. As such, numbers do not add up to 495 and percentages do not add up to 100%.


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