Hong Kong Tramways

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Hong Kong Tramways
Hong Kong Tramways Logo (2017).svg
A typical HKT double-decker tram
A typical HKT double-decker tram
Locale Hong Kong
Transit typeTramway
Number of lines1
Number of stations120
Daily ridership180,000 (2015)[1]
Began operation1904; 119 years ago (1904)
Operator(s)RATP Dev Transdev Asia
Number of vehicles165[2]
System lengthMainline: 13.3 kilometres (8.3 mi)

Happy Valley Loop: 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi)

Total Track Length: 30 kilometres (19 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification550 V DC (Overhead line, collected by a single trolley pole)
System map

Kennedy Town Terminus
Davis Street
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North Street
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Sands Street
Holland Street
Kennedy Town Praya
Queen's Road West
Hill Road
Shek Tong Tsui Terminus
Whitty Street
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Charter tram boarding and alighting Whitty Street Depot
Water Street
Western Street
Eastern Street
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Sutherland Street
Queen Street
Connaught Road West
Macau Ferry Terminal
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Sightseeing tram and premium charter tram boarding and alighting Western Market Terminus
Hillier Street
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Man Wah Lane
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Gilman Street
Jubilee Street
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Pottinger Street
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Pedder Street
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Ice House Street
Bank Street
Murray Road
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Cotton Tree Drive
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Admiralty MTR Station
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Arsenal Street
Fenwick Street
Gresson Street
Luard Road
Swatow Street
O'Brien Road
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Fleming Road
Burrows Street
Tonnochy Road
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Tin Lok Lane
Canal Road West
Sharp Street East Depot
Morrison Hill Road
Foo Ming Street
Queen's Road East
Leighton Road
Hong Kong Cemetery
Broadwood Road
Happy Valley Terminus
Wong Nai Chung Road
Percival Street
Paterson Street
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Pennington Street
Sightseeing tram boarding and alighting Causeway Bay Terminus
Shelter Street
Victoria Park
Hing Fat Street
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Lau Sin Street
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Lau Li Street
Wing Hing Street
Jupiter Street
Fortress Hill
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Chun Yeung Street
North Point Road
North Point Terminus
Shu Kuk Street
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North Point Depot
Tin Chiu Street
Healthy Street West
Healthy Street East
Java Road
Finnie Street
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Mount Parker Road
Shipyard Lane
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Tai Koo Shing Road
Tai Hong Street
Tai On Street
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Holy Cross Path
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Hoi Foo Street
Sai Wan Ho Depot
Sun Sing Street
Nam Hong Street
Chai Wan Road
Shau Kei Wan Terminus
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Hong Kong Tramways (HKT) is a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow-gauge tram[3] system in Hong Kong. Owned and operated by RATP Dev Transdev Asia, the tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan, with a branch circulating through Happy Valley.

Hong Kong's tram system is one of the earliest forms of public transport in the metropolis, having opened in 1904 under British rule. It has used electric trams since its inauguration, and has never used horse or steam power. It owns the world's largest operational double-decker tram fleet, and is a very rare example of a tram system that uses them exclusively.[4] In addition to being used by commuters, the system is popular with tourists, and is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling in the city.



Trams crossing Bowrington Canal (now covered by Canal Road East and Canal Road West) in the 1920s
A tram in Central in 1942 during the Japanese occupation. The text in the background reads "First anniversary of reborn Hong Kong".
New tram driving panels were introduced in 2007
  • 1881: the Bill for construction of Tramway system Hong Kong proposed by Hon F. Bulkeley Johnson, supported by Ng Choy.
  • 1882: The Hong Kong Government published the preliminary Tramways Ordinance with six tramlines (Nos. 1-5 are island tramways and No.6 is Peak tramway). However, the focus was on the Peak Tram, which was of more interest to the government and business interests that largely resided on Victoria Peak. Hence, the tram proposal along Hong Kong Island was neglected.
  • 1883–1888: There was an increase in the population between 1883 and 1888, from 173,475 to 215,800.[5] The government hoped the tram system would give quick access to all areas of Victoria and reduce dependence on the chair coolies.[6]
  • 1901-1902: The Bill has processed several readings and finally passed on 23 May 1902 as Tramways Ordinance (No. 10 of 1902).
  • 1902: Hongkong Tramway Electric Company Limited (香港電線車公司) founded in London. By end of 1902 under control of "Electric Traction Company of Hongkong Limited (香港電車局)".
  • 1903: Tracks construction began in stages from Happy Valley, Causeway Bay to Shaukeiwan by September 1903; then connected westbound to Arsenal Street by August 1904.
  • 1904: Trams commenced running on 30 July 1904. Twenty-six single-deck cars were delivered in sections and assembled in the depot. Ten cars had an enclosed saloon, but open ends and platforms (combination cars), with 32-seats for 1st class passengers, and the remaining 16 were cross-bench cars, 48-seats for third-class passengers. Fares for first and third class were ten cents and five cents respectively. Preferential fares for workers on workmen's cars from 1904 to 1909. Originally it had been intended to have three classes of passenger accommodation but two were finally applied, 1st and 3rd.
  • 1910: Company name changed to "Hongkong Tramway Company Limited".
  • 1912: Ten double-deckers introduced in 1912 due to increasing ridership. Open-top design fitted with destination boxes and reversible seats on the upper deck.
  • 1913: Open-top cars fitted with canvas roofs for wet weather protection. First dividend was paid by HKT for the year 1912. Happy Valley track was extended 600 yards.
  • 1914: The London Board was disbanded and replaced by Hong Kong Board with local Directors.
  • 1922: HKT stopped generating its own electricity and obtained its supply from Hong Kong Electric Company. Company name changed to "Hongkong Tramways Limited" (HKT).
  • 1923: Wooden roof progressively fitted on tramcars.
  • 1924: Double track between Causeway Bay and Shaukeiwan was commenced.
  • 1925: Enclosed double-decker trams brought new green livery in service. Waiting room for 1st class passengers in use.
  • 1927: Sided indicators fitted on tramcars.
  • 1928: HKT commenced operation on island and Kowloon buses.
  • 1929: Shaukeiwan loop in service.
  • 1932: North Point Depot under construction and completed in 1938.
  • 1934: Refuge islands began to be introduced at some busy tram stops to increase passenger safety.
  • 1936: Tram fares reduced for competing with the buses.
  • 1937: Coronation week with a million ridership carried.
  • 1939: Air brake fitted on tramcars.
  • 1941: Japanese occupation begins. Limited service was provided. One single-decker was used for freight transport. Service suspended in 1944 due to fuel shortage.
  • 1945: After Japanese occupation, only 15 tramcars were operational out of 112. By October 1945, 40 tramcars were back in daytime service only.
  • 1945: Tram service gradually resumed. Flat fares with 1st class 20 cents and 3rd class 10 cents.
  • 1948: Relaying of double-track at Causeway Bay.
  • 1949: Car 120, first new designed and constructed by HKT, entered service. The last single-track was replaced by double-track. Annual ridership exceeded 100 million.
  • 1950: HKT rebuilt the entire fleet jointly worked with Taikoo Dockyard.
  • 1951: Rebuilding of Russell Street Depot and renamed Sharp Street Depot.
  • 1953: Causeway Bay loop closed and new North Point terminus in use.
  • 1954: First official route map printed for passengers.
  • 1955: North Point Depot closed.
  • 1956: New resilient wheel from Sweden introduced for improving riding quality.
  • 1959: All cars had half-drop windows for the driver.
  • 1961: Tram service suspended under typhoon Ellen.
  • 1964: First single-deck prototype trailer introduced. First tram overturned accident.
  • 1965: 10 additional trailers ordered from UK. Trailers were attached to the backs of tramcars and designed to serve first class passengers only. Service limited to North Point only due to gradient at Taikoo Hill.
  • 1966: Trolley reverser installed at Causeway Road for emergency purpose.
  • 1967: Last trailer built by HKT and withdrawn in 1978.
  • 1969: Few experimental liveries tested on tramcars.
  • 1971: Introduction of female conductors.
  • 1972: Class distinction abolished. Passengers aboard rear and pay-as-you-leave (PAYL).
  • 1974: HKT acquired by The Wharf (Holdings)
  • 1975: First full-body adverts applied on trams
  • 1976: fareboxes installed at each tram front exit, and rotating turnstiles fitted at the rear entrance. Trams in one-man-operation (OMO) and conductors were no longer needed and shifted to become motormen.
  • 1979: Tram no.163 (rebuilt from trailer 1) in service.
  • 1982: Trailers withdrawn from service.
  • 1983: Introduction of route map on tramstops.
  • 1985: Car 12 exported for Expo' 86
  • 1986: Tram refurbishment began. First tour tram No.28 launched.
  • 1987: 2nd tour tram No. 128 launched.
  • 1989: Sharp Street Depot closed and new depots relocated at Whitty Street and Sai Wan Ho.
  • 1990: Trial runs on overnight service.
  • 1991: New built tram 120 in place of 1949 prototype.
  • 1992: Two HKT-built double-decker tramcars exported to the Wirral Tramway in Birkenhead, England. Points automation introduced in place of pointsmen's cabins.
  • 1993: HKT built two maximum traction bogies for testing.
  • 1994: Testing of pantograph on tram
  • 1995: Double platforms at Happy Valley terminus
  • 1997: Final year of The Most Attractive Tram Ads Competition
  • 1998: Introduction of coloured destination blinds
  • 2000: HKT launches new "Millennium" trams designed and manufactured by its own engineering team on 24 October.
  • 2001: Octopus electronic smart card payment system introduced on trams.
  • 2004: HKT celebrates 100 years of service.
  • 2007: Route maps reinstalled at each tram stop. New tram driving panels introduced on 7 November.
  • 2008: Air conditioning installed on tour tram 128.
  • 2009: 50% stake and operating rights obtained by Veolia Transport RATP Asia (now RATP Dev Transdev Asia), followed by full ownership in 2010.
  • 2011: HKT launched Signature trams on 28 November 2011. It features combination of a modern interior design and a traditional outlook with LED displays, stops reporting and AC motors.
  • 2012: HKT launched "NexTram" passenger info system.
  • 2013: HKT proposed a modern light rail system for East Kowloon as a cheaper alternative to monorail.
  • 2014: HKT celebrates 110 years of service.
  • 2015: Following the opening of the West Island line of the MTR, daily tramway ridership drops 10% to 180,000.[1]
  • 2016: HKT gives real-time estimated time of arrival data to Citymapper, becoming the first transport operator in Hong Kong to do so.[7] Launched first sightseeing car in January and first air-conditioned car in June.
  • 2017: Rebrand with new logo, new livery, and new map.[8]
  • 2018: HKT launched fourth party tram
  • 2019: HKT celebrates 115 years of service with series of events. Introduction of Bright Ring Tram
  • 2020: Introduction of day running lights on trams for better night service. Employed Ding Ding Cat as tram ambassador
  • 2021: HKT achieved Guinness World Records as "Largest double-decker tram fleet in service"
  • 2022: A total of 10 Free Ride Days were organised with favorable responses. New fares applied on 11 July.

Practical information[edit]

  • Fare – $3.00 (aged 12 or above), $1.5 (children aged 3 to 11), $1.3 (elderly aged 65 or above)[9]
  • Operating hours – 5:30 am to 12:30 am
  • Total length – 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) (Track length 30 kilometres (19 mi))

On average, the headway between each tram departure is approximately 1.5 minutes during peak hours. The maximum capacity of each tram is 115 people. Previously, the average tram speed was around 30 kilometres per hour (19 mph). Since early 2008, the speed of the trams was increased. The tram's general speed is currently around 40 kilometres per hour (25 mph). Most of the trams have a maximum speed of more than 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph), while some have a maximum speed of 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph). Hong Kong people informally call the tramway the "Ding Ding" and the trams as "Ding Dings", in reference to the double-bell ring used by the trams to warn pedestrians of their approach.[10][11][12] Relative to buses and the subway system, trams are often the cheapest public transportation option.[13][14]


As of 31 July 2022, HKT fares are $3.0 for adults, $1.5 for children, and $1.3 for senior citizens.[9] Unlike most forms of public transport in Hong Kong, HKT fares are uniform regardless of the distance travelled.[15] Monthly tickets costing $200 are sold at the Shek Tong Tsui, Causeway Bay, and North Point termini at the end of each month.

Passengers pay upon alighting by either depositing the exact fare in coins into the farebox, or by using an Octopus card.[15] Turnstiles at the tram entrances and closed circuit television prevent fare evasion by passengers.

Tourist services[edit]

Tramcar No. 128

Sightseeing tours are available on antique-style tramcar No. 68, which has an open balcony and a historical exhibit on board. Sightseeing tram boarding and alighting take place at the sightseeing tour termini: Western Market and Causeway Bay.

Standard tramcars and antique-style, open-balcony tramcars No. 18, No. 28, No. 68, and No. 128 are available for private charter.[2][15] Charter tram boarding and alighting take place at Whitty Street Depot, except for premium charter tramcar No. 18; its boarding and alighting takes place at Western Market Terminus.

Routes and stops[edit]

Network diagram

The trams run on a double-track tram line built parallel to the northern coastline of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan, with a single clockwise-running track of about 3 km (1.9 mi) around the Happy Valley Racecourse.

A broken-down tram may result in serious traffic congestion.

There are six overlapping routes:

  • Kennedy TownHappy Valley
  • Kennedy Town ↔ Shau Kei Wan
  • Shek Tong Tsui ↔ Causeway Bay
  • Shek Tong Tsui ↔ North Point
  • Western Market ↔ Shau Kei Wan
  • Happy Valley ↔ Shau Kei Wan

HKT currently has around 120 tram stops, including its seven termini. The termini, from west to east, are Kennedy Town, Shek Tong Tsui, Western Market, Happy Valley, Causeway Bay, North Point, and Shau Kei Wan.[16][17] The stops are densely located, with an average interval of 250 metres (820 ft) between them. Several tram stops are located in the middle of the road on sheltered refugee islands, which are accessed by pedestrian crossings or footbridges. Track crossovers near the Davis Street, Eastern Street, Pedder Street, Admiralty MTR station, Gresson Street, Victoria Park, North Point Road, and Mount Parker Road stops are used in emergency situations, such as en-route traffic accidents. The majority of HKT stops have remained unchanged since their establishment, but some have had name changes. The Pedder Street stop was previously named Shu Shun Kwun (書信館), which referred to a now-demolished former General Post Office building.


Admiralty station (platform pictured) is one of several MTR stations accessible from the tramway.

The Island line of the MTR is roughly parallel to the tram line between the Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan termini. Some sections of MTR tunnels are built directly under roads with tram tracks. Many HKT stops are in close proximity to MTR stations.[16][17]

Ferry terminals can be accessed from the tram line via footbridges, such as the Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal and the Central Ferry Piers. The latter contains Star Ferry Pier, which is one of the stops for the Star Ferry.[16][17]

Hong Kong Tramways
Traditional Chinese香港電車
Simplified Chinese香港电车


HKT has a rare fully double-decker tram fleet. As of 2014, HKT owned 165 double-axle, double-decker trams.[15] There are three maintenance-only trams (No. 200, No. 300, and No. 400) that operate after regular tram service has stopped. The trams are equipped with sliding windows and almost all have full-body advertisements.

Fleet list and details
Make/model Description Fleet size Year acquired Year retired Notes Photographs
Dick, Kerr & Co of Preston, England (No. 1–16, No. 27–36), and Electric Railway & Tramway Works of Preston (a Dick Kerr subsidiary)

(No. 1–16) first batch of third class tramcars (No. 17–26) first class tramcars (No. 27–36) second batch of third class tramcars

Single-deck tramcars – wood 36 (reduced to 18 in 1912–1913, and further to 14 in 1923) 1904–1905 1935
United Electric Car Company of Preston, England, and Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co of Kowloon

(No. 37–46) first batch double-decker tramcars

Double-decker trams – wood 28 (10 as new, 18 rebuilt from single-deck tramcars) 1912–1913 1924 (all were converted into fixed-roof trams) Open balcony (fitted with canvas roof during bad weather)
English Electric of Preston, England, and Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co of Kowloon

(No. 47–62) new-build canvas-roof tramcars (No. 63–80) fixed wood-roof tramcars

Double-decker trams – wood 48 (44 as new, 4 rebuilt from single-deck tramcars; canvas-roof tramcars also rebuilt with fixed wooden roof) 1923–1924 1935 (pre–1920 bodies; others converted to fully enclosed tramcars) First 16 new tramcars fitted with canvas roof; others fitted with fixed wooden roof
HKT, Hong Kong - fully enclosed tramcars (prewar design) Double-decker trams – wood 119 (57 as new, 62 were rebuilt from existing fleet) 1925–1949 1955 62 trams were converted from 14 single-deck trams and 48 canvas-roof and wood-roof trams
HKT, Hong Kong - postwar tramcars (1949, 1950s design) Double-decker trams – aluminium panels, teak frame 163 (43 as new, 1 rebuilt in 1979 from non-powered trailer No. 1; others rebuilt from existing fleet) 1949 (original No. 120), 1950–1964 (No. 121–162), 1979 (No. 163) 1992 Hong Kong 4th Generation Tram, No. 145 (1949, 1950).jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - refurbished postwar tramcars, tramcars with 1987 design (current design) Double-decker trams – aluminium panels, teak frame 160 – No. 120 (rebuilt in 1990s based on 1950s design) and rest from the 1980s (No. 1–27, No. 29–43, No. 45–119, No. 121–127, No. 129–143, No. 145–163, No. 165–166) Rebuilt from 1986, 1987–1992 1991 (refurbished postwar tramcars) Tramcar No. 120 is distinguished by its green-coloured interior, teak-lined windows, and rattan seats. The interior of the No. 50 tramcar displayed at the Hong Kong Museum of History (different from the No. 50 tramcar currently in service) has a similar appearance. Hong Kong Tramways 111(012) Sheung Wan(Western Market) to Shau Kei Wan 09-11-2016.jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - Millennium Double-decker trams – aluminium alloy 4 (only 3 in service) – No. 168–171 2000 2023 (No. 171) Tramcar No. 168 was modified into a Signature prototype car in 2011, No. 171 (different from the No. 171 tramcar currently in service) was a prototype air-conditioned tramcar which was never in service Hong Kong Tram 170.jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - trailer tramcars Passenger single-deck tramcars – aluminium alloy, (No. 1 – aluminium panels, teak frame) 22 1964, 1965–1966 1982 (except No. 1, which was rebuilt as double-decker tramcar No. 163) Non-powered trailers Hong Kong - Bus and Trams.jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - work tramcar Single-deck tramcar 1 – No. 200 (first generation) 1956 1984
HKT, Hong Kong - work tramcars Double-decker trams 3 – No. 200, No. 300, and No. 400 1997 (No. 200), 2007 (No. 300), 2013 (No. 400) 2023 Tramcar No. 300 runs on electricity and also a diesel motor Maintenance tram on Hennessy Road during daytime on 2014-10-29 (1).JPG
HKT, Hong Kong - private hire tramcars Antique-style double-decker trams – aluminium panels, teak frame 2 – No. 28 and No. 128 (rebuilt from postwar tramcars No. 59 and No. 119) 1985, 1987 Private charter only Hong Kong tram 28.jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - first batch of VVVF drive vehicle Double-decker trams – aluminium alloy, (No. 172 – prototype, aluminium panels, teak frame) 86 – No. 1-3, No. 11–14, No. 19, No. 21-23, No. 32, No. 35–36, No. 39–45, No. 47, No. 49, No. 52, No. 54-60, No. 64-66, No. 69–70, No. 74, No. 77, No. 79-80, No. 88-89, No. 93–95, No. 98–103, No. 106, No. 108–109, No. 115–119, No. 122, No. 126, No. 129, No. 132–133, No. 136-137, No. 140-141, No. 143, No. 146, No. 148-149, No. 153–158, No. 162, No. 165, No. 168, No. 171–175 2009–present Exterior of body based on 1987-cars, but with Millennium tramcars interior, fitted with LED destination display. "Bright Ring" trams No. 14, No. 39, No. 57, No. 89, No. 102 and No. 119 have LED panels installed on the sides. 13-08-09-hongkong-by-RalfR-026.jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - sightseeing tramcar Antique-style double-decker tram – aluminium alloy 1 – No. 68 2016 1920s design; used for sightseeing tours HK Tramways 68 at Man Wah Lane (20180913104018).jpg
HKT, Hong Kong - first air-conditioned commuter vehicle "Pilot Cooler Tram" Double-decker trams – aluminium alloy 1 – No. 88 2016 Three months trial service from 6 June 2016; first HKT commuter tram with air-conditioning installed[18] HK Tramways 88 at Cleverly Street (20181202125325).jpg
HKT, Hong Kong, and Circus Limited, Hong Kong - premium private hire tramcar Antique-style double-decker tram – aluminium alloy 1 – No. 18 2018 Amenities include three separate themed rooms, air conditioning, and an on-board restroom.[2] HK Tramways 18 at Admiralty MTR Station (20181003124420).jpg

Note: Generally, there are no specific/official generation categories on tramcars. Many of the trams in one generation were simply modifications of the previous, such as open-balcony tramcars fitted with canvas roofs and then wooden roofs. The term "generation" should only apply to the new designs.

Service fleet[edit]

  • Mitsubishi Fuso Canter overhead cable maintenance vehicle No. 6016.[19]
  • Temporary truck stand used for raising tram bodies and frames when trucks are removed for maintenance; it has small wheels that allow it to move around the depot.[20]


Current depots[edit]

Whitty Street Depot

Whitty Street Depot opened in 27 May 1989 which located in Shek Tong Tsui, is the main depot for current operations and trams overhaul. It previously operated as a terminus. When the Sharp Street Depot was closed in 1989, the site was expanded by 1.28 hectares (3.2 acres).[21] It has a two-storey workshop with capacity of over 100 trams.

Sai Wan Ho Depot opened in 28 April 1989, occupies a site of 0.7 hectares (1.7 acres) leased from the Hong Kong Government on a 5-year renewable tenancy.[21] It lies beneath the Island Eastern Corridor near Shau Kei Wan Road and Hoi Foo Street.[21] with capacity of over 60 trams and is for parking purpose only.

Defunct depots[edit]

A single, comprehensive depot at Russell Street in Causeway Bay was the only depot of the system in its early days. It was able to house the whole tram fleet (approximately 120 tramcars). By 1932, Russell Street Depot became overcrowded due to an upsurge in the number of trams, prompting HKT to build North Point Depot at King's Road for tram parking purposes (storage for 30 tramcars). Russell Street Depot was later expanded and renamed Sharp Street Depot. North Point Depot closed in 1951; its former location is now the site of the Healthy Gardens complex. In July 1986, the Executive Council approved the HKT plan to establish new depots at Shek Tong Tsui and Sai Wan Ho. HKT claimed that $3.5 million in operating costs would be saved. HKT promised that fares would be unchanged until the end of 1988.[21] Sharp Street Depot was closed on 20 March 1989. The site is now occupied by the Times Square complex.


Current projects[edit]

In 2010, HKT appointed a consultancy firm to investigate the feasibility of constructing a 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) modern tramway system in the Kai Tak Development, built on the vacated site of the former Kai Tak Airport, in place of the Environmentally Friendly Linkage System monorail proposed by the Hong Kong Government. A proposal was submitted to the Development Bureau on 29 April 2013.[22] HKT pointed out that the cost of constructing the proposed tram system is $2.8 billion, which is less than the $12 billion needed for a monorail system. Possible extensions to neighbouring places such as To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City, and Kwun Tong were suggested. Bruno Charrade, Managing Director of HKT, said that the new system's tramcars could be designed to resemble their Hong Kong Island counterparts or have a totally new design, depending on the government's discretion.

Beginning in 2011, the entire HKT fleet will be refurbished over a period of seven years at a cost of $75 million. The trams will keep their original exterior design, but the outer teak structures will be replaced with aluminium structures. The benches on the lower decks of the trams will be replaced with modern-looking single seats. Digital broadcasts will be placed inside the trams to inform passengers of the next stop, and LED lighting will be installed. AC motors will replace the current DC motors and a new magnetic emergency braking system will be added.[23]

Abandoned projects[edit]

During the 1910s, Hong Kong Tramways proposed the Kowloon Tramways Project. However, the completion of KCR Railway caused the Hong Kong Government to veto the plan.[24]

In 1970, Chai Wan on the east side of Hong Kong Island was developed into a residential and industrial area, which greatly increased traffic demand to Central. Extending the tram line from Shau Kei Wan to Chai Wan was considered, but was ultimately rejected. This was due to low cost effectiveness associated with the need to tunnel through the hills between Shau Kei Wan and Chai Wan to maintain level track. The Island line of the MTR was built instead, and its first phase, between Chai Wan and Admiralty, opened on 31 May 1985.

During the development of Tuen Mun New Town in the 1970s, the government reserved space for the construction of a rail transportation system. In 1982, the government invited HKT to construct and operate a tram system in the area. HKT initially expressed interest in the construction of the railway and intended to operate it with double-decker trams, but later withdrew. The government then invited Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation to construct and operate a light rail system. That system, now known as the Light Rail, opened to the public on 18 September 1988.[25]

April 2017 accident[edit]

During the early hours of Thursday, 6 April 2017, a tram tipped over in Central, injuring 14 people. Soon after, it was suggested that the tram was travelling too fast into a turn. The driver was later arrested for allegedly causing grievous bodily harm due to dangerous driving.[26] Two days later, it was reported that HKT suspended a speed monitoring programme intended to discourage drivers from travelling too slowly.[27]

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ "The proposed new tramway to Victoria Gap". The Hong Kong Telegraph. 5 March 1904. p. 4.
  7. ^ Boris Lee (29 March 2016). "首家交通應用程式獲電車實時資訊 Citymapper:政府應帶頭推動開放數據 (The first transport app receives real-time tram info Citymapper: government should make the lead for opening data)" (in Chinese). unwire. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Happy happy ding ding? New-look trams offer more smiles per mile". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
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  12. ^ Guardian readers (29 April 2022). "'The seats aren't comfy but you've got a beer': readers' favourite tram rides". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
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  14. ^ http://www.mtr.com.hk/archive/ch/pdf/2021_bus_leafet.pdf[bare URL PDF]
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