New Lantao Bus
Isuzu on route 11
|Service area||Lantau Island|
|Service type||Bus services|
New World First Bus
|Routes||23 (March 2014)|
|Fleet||110 (March 2014)|
The New Lantao Bus Company (1973) Limited (新大嶼山巴士(1973)有限公司) – known as New Lantao Bus, or NLB – is a franchised bus company operating in Hong Kong.
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, a company now partly owned by NWS Holdings, 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. It was extended again until 1 March 2017.
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 fourth 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.
As at March 2014, it operated 23 franchised routes.
The current fleet comprises 108 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 a high floor design, fitted with a very powerful engine. Like most buses in Hong Kong, all of them are fitted with an air-conditioning system. The air-conditioning system of most buses in Hong Kong are 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.
- Consultation on requirements of new franchises for two franchised bus companies to end on September 16 Hong Kong Government 2 September 2014
- http://www.newlantaobus.com/routing/B2.html B2 route information
- Annual Report for year ended 31 March 2014 New Lantao Bus
- Media related to New Lantao Bus Co at Wikimedia Commons
- Information of Hong Kong government's website