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Students reminded to attend school early on first school day

     The Transport Department (TD) today (August 30) reminded students to attend school early on the first school day next Monday (September 3) as traffic is expected to be busier than normal.

     "Students, especially those attending a new school, should familiarise themselves with the public transport routes to be taken to school and allow more travelling time on the first school day. Students living on the outlying islands or attending schools on the outlying islands should check the ferry schedules, the vessel types to be used and journey times on their intended ferry trips beforehand," a department spokesman said.

     Major public transport operators have been reminded to provide adequate public transport services to meet the transport demand on the first school day.

     "The TD's Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre (ETCC) will closely monitor the traffic situation and public transport services on September 3. The TD will maintain close liaison with major public transport operators and relevant government departments. Staff will be deployed at various major locations throughout the territory to observe the traffic conditions and provide on-site information to the ETCC for arranging public transport service enhancement when necessary," the spokesman added.

     More information may be obtained through the following hotlines and websites of major public transport operators:

Operator            Hotline      Website
----------          ---------    ----------
New World           2136 8888
First Bus

Citybus             2873 0818

Kowloon Motor Bus   2745 4466
and Long Win Bus

New Lantao Bus      2984 9848

New World           2131 8181
First Ferry

Hong Kong and       2815 6063
Kowloon Ferry

MTR Corporation     2881 8888

     Motorists are advised not to drive to the school areas if possible. Drivers of nanny vans and school buses should not carry excess passengers and leave schoolchildren in vehicles unattended. No picking up and dropping off activities will be allowed in restricted zones. Parents should agree well in advance with drivers of nanny vans or school buses the locations of picking up and dropping off their children.

     Members of the public are advised to pay attention to the latest transport and traffic news on radio and television before leaving home. For enquiries, please call the department's hotline at 2804 2600 and the 1823 Call Centre (Tel: 1823).

Ends/Thursday, August 30, 2012
Issued at HKT 14:30


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