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Call for adequate public transport services on first school day
     The Transport Department (TD) today (August 25) said that major public transport operators have been reminded to provide adequate public transport services to cater for transport demand on the first school day (September 1).
     "The TD's Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre (ETCC) will closely monitor the traffic situation and public transport services on September 1. The department will also 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," a department spokesman said.
     Students, especially those attending a new school, are reminded to familiarise themselves with the public transport services to schools 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 of their intended ferry trips beforehand. Students are also reminded to pay attention to road safety when attending school.
     More information may be obtained through the following hotlines and websites of major public transport operators:
Operator Hotline Website
New World First Bus 2136 8888 www.nwstbus.com.hk
Citybus 2873 0818  www.nwstbus.com.hk
Kowloon Motor Bus 2745 4466 www.kmb.hk
Long Win Bus 2261 2791 www.lwb.hk
New Lantao Bus 2984 9848 www.newlantaobus.com
New World First Ferry 2131 8181 www.nwff.com.hk
Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry 2815 6063 www.hkkf.com.hk
MTR Corporation Limited 2881 8888 www.mtr.com.hk
     Motorists are advised not to drive to the school areas if possible. Drivers of nanny vans and school buses should not carry excess passengers or leave school children in vehicles unattended. No picking up and dropping off activities will be allowed in restricted zones. An escort should be provided on board when serving kindergarten or primary school students. Parents should agree well in advance with operators of nanny vans or school buses on 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 hotline on 2804 2600 or the 1823 Call Centre.
Ends/Thursday, August 25, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:00
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