Postcard from Hong Kong

Person transports in Hong Kong face all challenges you can think of, except extremely cold climate. The high density of population with 22 000 persons per square kilometer in average (with 100 000 in the dense areas) beats most other mega cities in the world. The population growth is close to 100 000 persons per year, which effectively means that the city grows with close to one million inhabitants in ten years. Constant construction work is ongoing both in new districts and to maintain facades damaged by the typhoon. For this, amazingly, more than 40 stores high bamboo constructions are raised. How on earth can the sticks closest to the ground take the load?

The geographical conditions present severe challenges with the torn coast line together with a truly fascinating topography. Most of the daily travels are performed by walking, almost 50%. The public transports present a challenge. The famous nostalgic old double decker trams are still in use, even if an update is needed.

Hong Kong Double Deck Tram

Hong Kong likes building high, which also goes for the buses. Like in London the street space is limited and therefore double decker buses are used. In other cities the limiting factor for public transports is the embarking/disembarking. Metro with lots of wide doors or buses with similar design is used to meet the transport capacity demand. But, in Hong Kong, slow traffic speed limits the transport capacity and therefore the passengers might as well sit down and rest while gliding slowly through the congested traffic. The high capacity demand has developed a unique 12m three axle double decker class. The quality requirements are very high and Volvo is proud to be one out of very few suppliers able to meet the requirements. The B9TL chassis with body work by Wrights Bus are well suited for the challenges of Hong Kong. Many buses get more than 15 years here in spite of the climate challenges.

Golden bus in Hong Kong, reaches for the sky, with high capacity 6×2 and 12m tall (by Volvo and Wrights).

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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