Special traffic and transport arrangements for 2016 Hong Kong Cyclothon

     The Transport Department (TD) today (September 22) reminded members of the public that special traffic and transport arrangements will be implemented this Sunday (September 25) to facilitate the holding of the 2016 Hong Kong Cyclothon.
     Road closures and traffic diversions will be implemented at various locations in phases in the New Territories South, Kowloon West and Tsim Sha Tsui from 1am on that day. The 30km ride will start at Salisbury Road in East Tsim Sha Tsui and take a route via Kowloon Park Drive, Canton Road, Austin Road West, Nga Cheung Road Flyover, Jordan Road, Road D1A(N), West Kowloon Highway, Tsing Kwai Highway, Cheung Tsing Tunnel, Cheung Tsing Highway, Nam Wan Tunnel, Stonecutters Bridge and Tsing Sha Highway before returning to the finish point at Salisbury Road in East Tsim Sha Tsui via West Kowloon Highway. A similar route will be adopted for the 50km ride, but Tsing Ma Bridge, Ting Kau Bridge and Eagle's Nest Tunnel will be added as part of its route. The major event venues, namely the roads in the vicinity of the Urban Council Centenary Garden in East Tsim Sha Tsui, such as Mody Road, Science Museum Road, Mody Lane and Hung Hom Bypass, will also be temporarily closed on that day.

     During the event, the road closures will not affect vehicles from Hong Kong Island/Kowloon/New Territories East heading for the airport and Lantau Island. Both traffic bounds of Western Harbour Crossing will remain in operation. Due to the closure of Ting Kau Bridge (Kowloon bound), motorists travelling from New Territories West to the airport and Lantau Island via Tuen Mun Road or Tai Lam Tunnel will be diverted to use Tsuen Wan Road, Tsuen Tsing Interchange, Tsing Tsuen Road, Tsing Tsuen Bridge, Tam Kong Shan Interchange and Tsing Yi North Coastal Road heading for Tsing Ma Bridge.
     In view of the road closures, more than 150 bus routes and green minibus routes will be diverted, truncated and suspended or have their stops relocated. The affected bus routes include those using West Kowloon Highway, airport routes and routes travelling in Yau Tsim Mong District. The bus termini in Star Ferry Pier, China Ferry Terminal, Canton Road and Jordan (To Wah Road) will be suspended and relocated.
     Tourists heading for Ocean Terminal, China Ferry Terminal (China Hong Kong City) or Kowloon MTR Station are advised to plan their journey early to avoid any delay caused by road closures and traffic diversions.
     The TD appealed to members of the public to pay particular attention to the road closures and public transport arrangements at the Lantau Link, Ting Kau Bridge, Stonecutters Bridge, Eagle's Nest Tunnel, Kowloon West, Tsim Sha Tsui and East Tsim Sha Tsui on that day. Due to extensive road closures, the TD anticipates that Kowloon-bound traffic on the Lantau Link, Tsim Sha Tsui bound on Ferry Street as well as Canton Road in the sections south of Jordan Road and in the vicinity of Harbour City will be very congested on that day. Motorists are advised to avoid driving to the affected/congested areas unless absolutely necessary and should exercise restraint and patience in case of traffic congestion and follow instructions given by the Police. Members of the public are advised to plan their routes early, use alternative routes and allow extra travelling time to cater for unexpected delays.
     The TD and the Police will closely monitor the traffic situation, and implement appropriate measures as necessary. The public should watch out for the latest traffic news on radio and television.
     Details of the special traffic and transport arrangements are available at TD's website (www.td.gov.hk). For further queries, please call 1823.

Ends/Thursday, September 22, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:37