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  • One problem, however, is the sheer scale of the overcrowding that occurs for almost the whole of the day
  • The cost of a trip is very good value for money ranging from around US$0.50 to US2.00
  • Our experience was that taking the baby in a pram even on a so called less busy time was quite difficult
  • Unfortunately at our entry station the lift was out of order and this created quite a headache
  • In an emergency they do ask you to contact a member of staff, but for a company that makes large profits I found it quite unreasonable that there are no public toilets

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      I am currently on business in Hong Kong and am travelling this time with my partner and five month old child. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR, www.mtr.com.hk) is the main public transport service in Hong Kong and consists of a number of subway lines, almost exclusively running below ground.

      I have found the service itself to be very efficient with the trains running at just 90 seconds intervals during peak hours. One problem, however, is the sheer scale of the overcrowding that occurs for almost the whole of the day. People are literally jammed into the trains and also jammed onto the platforms. Thankfully the MTR have now installed platform screen


      doors at all of the stations.

      The cost of a trip is very good value for money ranging from around US$0.50 to US2.00. Almost everybody is using a pre-paid card and this speeds up entry and exit through the automated gates.

      We attempted to take our baby on the MTR during the less busy time of a Saturday afternoon. I would not try to take the baby on the trains during a week day rush hour; it would definitely be uncomfortable and could even be somewhat dangerous.

      Our experience was that taking the baby in a pram even on a so called less busy time was quite difficult. Unfortunately at our entry ...


      • station the lift was out of order and this created quite a headache. Firstly the pram cannot fit through the normal automatic gates so we had to find a member of staff who could open a side gate. Then with no lift we were forced to take the pram down the quite steep escalator, something that the MTR in fact do not allow given the number of warning posters around. Of course it is suddenly OK when their lift is not working! Once it was time to board the train a number of people rushed on, speeding past the pram and pushing in. This seems very common in Hong Kong.

        At

        the destination station the lift was thankfully working and it was relatively simple and quick to take the lift from platform to concourse, go through the extra wide gate and then take the lift from the concourse to street level.

        One other point we found disappointing was that the MTR system has no toilets for public use. In an emergency they do ask you to contact a member of staff, but for a company that makes large profits I found it quite unreasonable that there are no public toilets.

        Overall the MTR provides a fast and efficient transportation system, however it is too busy and it is not user-friendly for babies in prams.




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