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by: The Beat Asia
August 25, 2022
The Peak Tram is set to unveil its sixth generation upgrade this coming Saturday, Aug. 27. Costing HK$799 million to implement, the final sum showed a sharp increase from an original estimate of HK$680 million.
The renovation project includes the introduction of new tramcars in a retro forest green colourway, replacement haulage, control and signalling systems, new rope and track trails, as well as improvements to the terminals that now have an increased capacity for up to 1,300 people, with step-free access for the differently abled.
First opened in May 1888, the Peak Tram is one of the oldest and most well-known railway transports in the world. An homage to its heritage, the funicular vehicle’s new palette references a similar shade of “Peak Tram Green” that was used by the third and fourth generation trams between the 1950s and 1980s. Each trip can now accommodate up to 210 passengers, an increase of 75% compared to the fifth-generation model. The new carriages also boast larger windows and skylights.
Aside from upgrading facilities, new entertainment zones have been unveiled at the terminus for greater passenger enjoyment. General Manager of the Peak Complex May Tsang is optimistic about the additions, stating: “We are looking forward to welcoming Hong Kong residents and visitors to experience our beautiful new Peak Tram, the spectacular audio-visual experience in the Central Terminus, and our stunning new sculpture ‘Eye of Infinity’ by Australian artist Lindy Lee, as well as The Peak Tower and Sky Terrace 428.”
In the face of the greater price of the project and to make up for the rise in operating costs, inflation, and pandemic-induced losses, both general and concessionary admission fees have gone up by over 60%. However, to celebrate the new generation tram’s inaugural run and to bring back passengers, there will be a half-price promotion available as part of the Thank You HK Pass campaign. The discount will last until Oct. 30 and cuts fares for a return ticket from HK$88 to HK$66.
A flash deal from now until tomorrow is also available for online ticket purchases. More information on Peak Tram ticketing can be found here.
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