Citybus, or City Buses as it was called when the company was established in 1979, runs a large modern air-conditioned fleet on Hong Kong island and mainland. The company has grown in size since it first became Citybus in 1983 and ran ex. London DMS Fleetlines on a route to China. The company had connections in London running as Capital Citybus. In 1991 it ran its first franchised route, the 12A, and then in September 1993 took over 28 routes from the former China Motor Bus company, and marketed them as Network 26. Now the company is owned by the UK's Stagecoach group, and runs in a smart livery of yellow, red and blue.
This video, shot during November 2000 shows Citybus vehicles in service in many parts of Hong Kong island and running in the New Territories. We also make visits to depots at Ap Lei Chau and Fo Tan. At the former we get a sneak preview of the work being carried out on Dennis Dragon 701 as it is converted to a Trolleybus. These depots are very busy places, and are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, as there is always a 95% availability requirement for vehicles.
At Fo Tan we see a heavily converted former London Transport Routemaster, ex. West Yorkshire PTE Olympians, and the former National Express, ECW Olympian coach, now in opentop guise. 3-axle Dennis Dragons, Leyland and Volvo Olympians, as well as Dennis Tridents make up the current fleet. Look out for the unique M.A.N. with Volgren body number 2500.
Our camera captures the excitement of the late afternoon rush in Central, Hong Kong - to see Citybus running alongside New World First Bus and KMB. There are stills of Citybus vehicles photographed in 1995 combined with an action packed montage of Citybus today.
|Duration :||55 minutes (approx).|
|Price :||Within UK - £16|
|Rest of world - £18|
|Format :||DVD -R|
|Order Ref :||D012|