The Peak Tram’s upgrade to longer trams continues to be delayed as essential contractors have been unable to enter the city, according to a Peak Tram staff member.
The new double-length trams were planned for launch last year but Covid-19 flight restrictions meant the team couldn’t travel to the city. Hong Kong has banned non-residents from entering the city since March 2020.
But the staff member estimated the new trams could be in service by the end of 2021, with a two-month installation shutdown in the fourth quarter of the year.
The new trams have a capacity of 210 passengers, up from 120 at present, and will be the 6th generation of tram since Sir William Des Voeux inaugurated the funicular railway service in 1888. The system was electrified in 1926.
Peak Tram is also upgrading termini at either end of the track, to handle up to 1,300 queuing passengers, around seven tram loads. The company says the upgrades will reduce waiting time by 70%.