Harrow International School Hong Kong is located in the Gold Coast area of the New Territories and its students come from a very wide catchment area over the majority of Hong Kong. It is accessed by road by the majority of day students via Castle Peak Road, which connects to Tuen Mun, and then Tsing Ying Road.
Castle Peak Road can experience significant amounts of traffic congestion, especially on weekday mornings, and the local area will undergo further significant development and population growth over the next few years; parents, students and members of staff in the Harrow Hong Kong community share responsibility with other road users in the local area for the safety and efficiency of the road system in the area. The School will continue to work with the HKSARG Transport Department to investigate short, medium and long-term structural measures to enhance traffic efficiency in the local area.
The School encourages day students whenever possible to take its bus service run by City Motors to travel to and from the School in order to make an effective contribution to alleviating traffic congestion in the local area as well as keeping daily traffic flow in, around an out of the School campus manageable as the School roll grows. Equally, it has implemented other measures to help in managing the number of vehicles needing to access the School campus have.
SCHOOL BUS SERVICE
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DRIVING BY PRIVATE CAR
No car is allowed to enter the School campus without a car permit, for which parents are required to apply to the Director of Operations in advance of each academic year.
From August 2016, parents of students in Year 7 and above, who do not have siblings in the Early Years and Pre-Prep, will not be issued with morning car permits; their children must use either the School bus service or drive to one of the School’s shuttle bus transit locations by private car (see below) for their children to take a shuttle bus to the School.
Parents of students in Year 6 and below who are non-bus users are requested to apply for a car permit for the academic year during summer holidays. Late applications will not be accepted unless it is for students new to the School in August 2016.
From August 2017, it is likely that morning car permits will not be issued to any parents new to the School.
- Shuttle Bus Transit Locations
From August 2016, the School will run morning shuttle buses from three transit locations at:
- View Point near Tsing Ma Bridge
- Siu Lam Flea Market (first stop) and Golden Beach (second stop)
- Sam Shing Estate, Tuen Mun
The selection of locations has taken into consideration the local traffic situation and the geographical location of students.
- Staggered Arrival and Pick-up Times for Parents Driving Cars with Permits
- Parents with children only in the Early Years must arrive after 8.00am and pick up the students before 2.15pm.
- Parents with children only in the Pre-Prep School must arrive before 8.00am and pick up the students before 4.10pm.
- Parents with children only in the Upper School must arrive before 7.40am and pick up the students before 5.10pm.
- Boarders should be picked up before 5.30pm.
No vehicles should arrive and queue at the gates before these times and no waiting in the School campus is allowed when vehicles drop off and pick up students. The School may withdraw car permits if vehicles breach the rules.
An online directory has been developed that can be accessed through the School’s parent portal to encourage car-pooling by parents through enabling them to get in contact with other parents living in their local area.
Guests and parents driving to and from the School can travel to the School via alternative routes:
- Via Tuen Mun Road northbound, Tuen Hing Road eastbound, Castle Peak Road (Kowloon Bound) and turning left the at junction to Tsing Ying Road
- Via Tuen Mun Road, passing through Wong Chu Road, Hoi Chu Road, Tuen Mun Heung Sze Village Road, Hoi Wing Road, Castle Peak Road, then left at the junction to Tsing Ying Road
- (For people living in the Castle Peak Road) Drive to Sam Shing Road and turn back to Castle Peak Road
Harrow Hong Kong has a very wide catchment area of students across Hong Kong and this presents significant challenges in route planning for any bus company to provide an appropriate, effective bus service. The School works closely with City Motors to find the most effective bus routes that provide appropriate, realistic travel times for students living in different parts of Hong Kong, while recognising that they must be economically viable.
Recently, the School has appointed a traffic consultant to provide specialist, independent advice on bus route planning and other short, medium and long-term strategies for managing the number of cars coming to the School.
Last updated: 29 Jul 2016 14:33