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The mission of Citybus is to provide Hong Kong with the best possible bus services at reasonable fares. Citybus runs two franchised networks, one for Hong Kong Island, and one for Airport and North Lantau Island. It also provides private hire, and non-franchised residential or staff bus services.

Citybus started operating buses in 1979 using one double deck bus on a shuttle service for the employees of a Hong Kong dockyard.
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By 1981 the search for new business resulted in the operation of our first residential bus route between City One Shatin and Kowloon Tong MTR station. This route is still operating as Route 62R and was Hong Kong's first fully air conditioned bus route.
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In 1991 the Hong Kong Government awarded Citybus its first franchised route (the 12A) on Hong Kong Island.
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And the Company, by competitive tender, took over 28 more franchised routes in 1993 which resulted in the fleet more than doubling in size. A further 14 franchised routes followed in 1995 which together with organic expansion saw the fleet expand to over 500 buses.
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Success followed success and in 1996 the Company won another competitive tender to operate another 13 prime franchised routes serving the new Hong Kong International Airport and Tung Chung new town.
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A further 12 routes were transferred to the Company in 1998 following the expiry of an existing franchised bus operator on Hong Kong Island and this took the Citybus fleet up to 1,100 buses.

Citybus also runs successful contract and private hire services. It provides staff shuttle bus services for organisations such as Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited, as well as a variety of single-deck, double deck and open top buses for private hire.
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In 1999 Citybus became part of the Stagecoach Group, a large multi national transport group with operations in the United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. The ownership of Citybus changed again in June 2003 when we were sold to Delta Pearl Limited, a subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited.

PhotoIn March 2004, Citybus became a member company of Merryhill Group Limited, a comprehensive transport services provider jointly formed by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and NWS Holdings Limited. In December 2004, Merryhill Group Limited has been renamed as NWS Transport Services Limited. The renaming aims at establishing the corporate image of our Group's transport businesses following its restructuring, as well as reflecting its business perspectives. The logo of NWS Transport Services Limited will also follow the master signature of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Transport Services Limited, inheriting the essential quality of NWS Holdings Limited, will continue to work closely with other member companies within the Group and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. By capitalizing on the synergies this will bring, we will be well equipped to face the future challenges and opportunities.



NWFB

In early 1998, the Government invited tenders for the public bus services franchise of 88 bus routes which was previously held by China Motor Bus Company Limited ("CMB"). NWFB won the tender on 31 March 1998 and began operations on 1 September 1998.
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NWFB's professional team has demonstrated a total commitment to providing safe, reliable, environmentally-friendly, efficient and value-for-money bus services to passengers.

In 1999, NWFB's first locally built bus went into service.
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Meanwhile, NWFB pioneered and self-financed the trial of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel ("ULSD") in Hong Kong. NWFB also won the operating right for seven new Tseung Kwan O routes in Kowloon.
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In 2000, NWFB Informative Journey was unveiled to provide passengers with on-bus real-time information and entertainment. The company also introduced its first Octopus Bus-Bus Interchange ("BBI") Discount Scheme. By year-end, NWFB became the first local bus operator to introduce Euro-3-compliant engined buses into Hong Kong. The whole fleet also switched to ULSD.

In 2001, NWFB completed the installation of Octopus machines on its whole fleet.
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In 2002, NWFB's Chong Fu Road "green" bus depot opened. In August, the Company operated a fully air conditioned fleet. By year-end, NWFB expanded its network in Kowloon by winning five West Kowloon bus routes.

In recognition of the quality services of NWFB, the Government renewed the franchise of the Company until 2013.

Photo In March 2004, NWFB became a member company of Merryhill Group Limited, a comprehensive transport services provider jointly formed by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and NWS Holdings Limited. In December 2004, Merryhill Group Limited has been renamed as NWS Transport Services Limited. The renaming aims at establishing the corporate image of our Group's transport businesses following its restructuring, as well as reflecting its business perspectives. The logo of NWS Transport Services Limited will also follow the master signature of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Transport Services Limited, inheriting the essential quality of NWS Holdings Limited, will continue to work closely with other member companies within the Group and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. By capitalizing on the synergies this will bring, we will be well equipped to face the future challenges and opportunities.


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