Southern District residents welcome MTR service

The MTR’s new South Island Line opened on Wednesday, with the first train leaving South Horizons on Ap Lei Chau for Admiralty at 5.55am.

Southern District councillor, Lo Kin-hei, was one of those who rode the first train. He said residents in his district are happy with the quicker journey time into the city.

But he expressed concern about congestion at the Admiralty interchange, especially when Ocean Park closes each day, putting extra pressure on the evening rush hour.

Lo told RTHK that residents were also concerned that some bus services may be cancelled.

South Horizons resident, surnamed Pang, said his journey time to Admiralty has been cut short by at least 30 minutes compared to when he had to take a bus, and said he would most likely switch to taking the MTR from now on.

He also said that he’s not concerned about the safety of the driverless trains.

“It seems absolutely fantastic. It’s a nice train. Everything seems to be going very smoothly… Many trains in western countries like England have driverless trains. I think it’s perfectly safe,” he said.

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