connection vital for ferries
2010-10-01 SCMP | EDT8 | EDT
South China Morning Post
I refer to the letter by Tam Siu-loom (Sinking
feeling, September 28).
All cross-harbour ferry services are losing
passengers to road and railway transport as a result of poor connections
to piers, which is largely the fault of planners and the government.
One example of such a planning failure is
the Hung Hom ferry pier. It used to be located next to the Hung Hom
railway station. It took commuters only one or two minutes to walk to
the ferry pier after they got off the train.
However, after the pier was moved to its
current location, a good 20-minute walk from the train station, the
number of passengers dropped by 40 per cent in 1991. For geographical
reasons, ferries play the role of feeder transport in Hong Kong, so
connectivity and accessibility of ferry piers are crucial factors that
affect passengers' choice of transport.
If the government wants the Star Ferry to
be self-financed, all it needs to do is to keep the bus terminal at
Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and, needless to say, consider any proposal
that can help the ferry company to generate non-fare-box revenue.
Leslie Chan, chairman, Our Bus Terminal
尖碼之聲主席 Leslie Chan