The operator of the Peak Tram, which ferries people from Hong Kong’s Central district to the popular tourist attraction of Victoria Peak, has proposed to replace the system’s rail coaches with larger carriages in a bid to carry more passengers at a time.
In a plan submitted to the government, Peak Tramways Co. Ltd. said it plans to introduce new coaches that will have the capacity to carry 200 passengers in each unit, compared to the current carriages that have a capacity of just 120.
The initiative can help boost the tram system’s traffic by more than 60 percent, the operator said, noting that it has been facing a big rise in visitor numbers in recent years, according to Sing Tao Daily.
The company also said it aims to renovate and expand the areas in the stations along the route to enable more passengers to wait for the tram, the report said.
The towing system of the tram will be enhanced following the replacement of the carriages to ensure the safety and stability. The tram rails, ground base and bridge structures will also have to be changed or strengthened.
The tram operator said the proposal entails huge investment, and that it is seeking government go-ahead after conducting several in-depth studies.
Regarding the traffic conditions outside the main tram station, Peak Tramways said that there are often too many vehicles outside the station on Garden Road in Central, and that the Transport Department should consider eliminating a taxi station there.
Central and Western district councilor Joseph Chan Ho-lim said he supports the proposal, given the fact that passengers currently have to wait 45 minutes to one hour to take the tram.
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