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Special traffic and transport arrangements for National Day celebration events on October 1

     The Transport Department (TD) today (September 29) reminded the public that special traffic and transport arrangements would be implemented on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon for the National Day Celebration Events on October 1 (Thursday).

A. Traffic arrangements to be implemented for the National Day celebration events:

1. Flag Raising Ceremony

     Expo Drive, Expo Drive Central and Expo Drive East in Wan Chai will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic from 5.30am to 11am on October 1. The bus terminus and coach metered parking spaces at Expo Drive East, and the taxi stand at Expo Drive will be suspended.

2. National Day Fireworks Display

     Road closure and traffic diversion will be implemented in phases on Hong Kong Island from 5pm at the Lower Peak Tram Station, Wan Chai, Central, the Peak and the Island Eastern Corridor between Victoria Park Road and Man Hong Street and from 7pm in Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan in Kowloon until the crowd disperses and road closure is lifted.

B. Public transport services arrangements:

1. Bus and green minibus (GMB) services

     In connection to the road closure, some bus and GMB stops will be suspended or relocated. Bus and GMB routes operating in the road closure areas will be diverted. The services of some bus routes will be strengthened.

2. MTR service

     From 7pm to 11pm, the Island Line will be strengthened with a three-minute headway; from 8pm to 11pm, the Tsuen Wan Line and the Kwun Tong Line will be strengthened with a three-minute headway; and the Tseung Kwan O Line will be strengthened with a headway of four minutes between North Point Station and Po Lam Station, and 12 minutes between Tiu Keng Leng Station and Lohas Park Station. In addition, the West Rail Line will be strengthened with a headway of four minutes from 8.30pm to 11.30pm.

3. Tramways service

     Normal holiday service will be operated and the frequency of the tram service will be strengthened to meet passenger demand if necessary.

4. Peak Tram service

     The Peak Tram service will be strengthened to eight minutes to meet passenger demand if necessary.

5. Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System

     The service of the Central to Mid-levels Escalator and Walkway System will be extended to 2am on October 2.

6. Cross-boundary coach service

     The terminus of the cross-boundary coach service between Wan Chai and Huanggang at the Wan Chai North Temporary Public Transport Interchange will be suspended from 7.30pm until the road closure is lifted. The terminating point of the service will be relocated to Hennessy Road eastbound under O'Brien Road footbridge.

7. Ferry services

     Ferry companies will adjust services to facilitate the holding of the celebration events.

     Due to extensive road closure, the TD anticipates that the traffic in the vicinity of the affected areas would be significantly congested. Motorists are advised to avoid driving to the affected areas. In case of traffic congestion, motorists should exercise tolerance and patience, and follow the instructions of the Police. Members of the public who plan to go to the affected areas are advised to use public transport services.

     The TD and the Police will closely monitor the traffic situation and implement appropriate measures whenever necessary. Motorists and the public are advised to follow the latest traffic news on radio and television.

     Details of the special traffic and transport arrangements are available at the TD's website ( For further queries, please call 1823.

Ends/Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:02


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