Lantau bus services slashed as virus takes toll

Lantau bus services have been cut as a result of the coronavirus – and the changes may be permanent.

New Lantao Bus Co. has curtailed services across all routes, effective Friday March 13, the company has announced.

The biggest reductions are on South Lantau routes. The weekday no. 1 Tai O to Mui Wo bus has been slashed from 30 to 22 daily services, the no. 2 from Mui Wo to Ngong Ping has gone from 11 to four trips and the no. 4 bus from Tong Fuk has been shut down altogether.

In other changes, the Mon-Sat 3M service from Mui Wo to Tung Chung has been reduced from 50 daily trips to 45, while the 11 Tai O to Tung Chung bus has been trimmed from 58 to 56 services.

NLB said the changes were due to the “drop in patronage” during the virus outbreak.

While it said it would “closely monitor” passenger numbers it made no commitment to restoring the cut services after the contagion is contained.

The company, owned by Kwoon Chung Bus, has said it makes a small profit or a loss on most of its South Lantau routes.

The new timetables:

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