New Lantao Bus
NLB was formed in 1973 through the merger of three bus companies operated by residents of Lantau Island, and became the third franchised bus company on 1 April 1974.
In January 1992 NLB became a subsidiary of Kwoon Chung Bus Holdings Limited, a company now partly owned by NWS Holdings Limited, which is also the parent company of Citybus, New World First Bus, and New World First Ferry. All four transport operators are thus associated.
NLB's franchise was extended on 1 April 1997 to run until 31 March 2007.
Before the construction of Tung Chung New Town, almost all of NLB's routes terminated at Mui Wo. During that time – when there were no major towns on the island – most of the company's routes aimed to connect the smaller villages to the ferry at Mui Wo. Currently, however, most routes terminate at Tung Chung and many of those that formerly terminated at Mui Wo have been discontinued.
The major service area of the company is Lantau Island, while it is the only bus company in the southern part of the Island. It now operates 11 regular routes, 3 overnight routes, 1 school-day only route, 1 holiday-only route, 1 airport route and 1 special route on Lantau Island, carrying an average of 25,000 passengers daily in 2002.
Most of the routes terminates at Mui Wo and Tung Chung, where there are ferries and MTR respectively to connect the city. Some routes are short-haul routes within the Tung Chung new town. NLB operates a holiday route numbered 1R, running from Hung Hom in Kowloon to Ngong Ping with 8 departures on Sundays and public holidays.
In 2007, the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor opened, providing a 4th road border crossing with mainland China. NLB won the right to operate a cross-border bus route B2, which runs from Yuen Long MTR station to the border checkpoint at Shenzhen Bay.
Major areas serviced by NLB:
- Mui Wo
- Tung Chung
- Tai O
- Ngong Ping (Po Lin Monastery & Tian Tan Buddha)
- Chek Lap Kok (Hong Kong International Airport)
- Pui O
- Cheung Sha
- Tong Fuk
- Shek Pik
See list of bus routes in Hong Kong for the list of NLB routes.
The current fleet comprises 78 single-deck buses and 2 Dennis Trident 3 double-deck buses. A majority of the single-deck buses operated by New Lantao Bus are Japanese-built Isuzu buses with local bodywork.
New Lantao Bus is the only franchise bus operator in Hong Kong operating Isuzu buses. These buses are tailor-made for the rough road conditions on southern part of Lantau Island. Most of the vehicles are like (tourist) coaches rather than the standard buses one would find in an urban area, except for the newer buses in the Tung Chung new town.
All of them are of high floor design, fitted with very powerful engine. Like most buses in Hong Kong, all of them are fitted with air-conditioning system. The air-conditioning system of most buses in Hong Kong is powered by the main engine. But the Isuzu buses of New Lantao Bus are fitted with a separate engine, solely for powering the air-conditioning system. This allows the main engine to operate on its full power when climbing up steep slopes on southern part of Lantau Island.
- http://www.newlantaobus.com/routing/B2.html B2 route information
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