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Special traffic and transport arrangements for public procession on Hong Kong Island this Sunday
     The Transport Department (TD) today (December 29) reminded the public that special traffic and transport arrangements will be implemented on Hong Kong Island from about 1.30pm this Sunday (January 1) to facilitate the holding of a public procession.

     The special traffic and transport arrangements will mainly include:

Lane closure

Phase One

     The following roads will be closed from about 1.30pm:

1. The U-turn slip road between Gloucester Road southbound and northbound;
2. Sugar Street;
3. Great George Street (if necessary);
4. Paterson Street (if necessary);
5. Kingston Street (if necessary);
6. The section of Gloucester Road southbound between Victoria Park Road flyover and Causeway Road (if necessary); and
7. Cleveland Street (if necessary).

Phase Two

     The following roads will be closed from about 2pm:

1. Jardine's Bazaar;
2. Tang Lung Street;
3. The section of Canal Road East between Russell Street and Hennessy Road;
4. The section of Canal Road West between Sharp Street West and Hennessy Road;
5. The section of Wan Chai Road between Canal Road West and Tin Lok Lane; and
6. The section of Bowrington Road between Sharp Street West and Hennessy Road.

Phase Three

     The following roads will be closed from about 2.45pm:

1. Causeway Road westbound;
2. Moreton Terrace;
3. Shelter Street;
4. The slip road leading from Yee Wo Street eastbound to Causeway Road westbound;
5. Irving Street;
6. The section of Pennington Street between Keswick Street and Yee Wo Street;
7. Yee Wo Street westbound;
8. Hennessy Road westbound;
9. The section of Lee Garden Road between Kai Chiu Road and Hennessy Road;
10. Kai Chiu Road;
11. The section of Yun Ping Road between Lan Fong Road and Kai Chiu Road;
12. The section of Percival Street between Lockhart Road and Hennessy Road;
13. The slip road leading from Johnston Road eastbound to Hennessy Road westbound;
14. The section of Luard Road between Johnston Road and Hennessy Road;
15. The section of Thomson Road between Johnston Road and Luard Road;
16. The section of Fenwick Street between Hennessy Road and Johnston Road;
17. The section of Johnston Road westbound between Ship Street and Hennessy Road; and
18. The section of Johnston Road eastbound between Landale Street and Hennessy Road.

Phase Four

     The following roads will be closed from about 4pm:

1. The section of Queensway westbound between Queen's Road East and Queen's Road Central;
2. The section of Des Voeux Road Central between Queensway and Pedder Street;
3. Bank Street; and
4. The section of Ice House Street between Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central. 

Additional road closure

     If necessary, the following roads will be temporarily closed to all vehicles until the crowd is dispersed and the road closure is lifted:

1. Yacht Street;
2. The section of Lau Li Street between Ngan Mok Street and Hing Fat Street;
3. The section of Electric Road between Lau Sin Street and Tsing Fung Street;
4. The section of Lau Sin Street west of King's Road;
5. The section of Hing Fat Street between Causeway Road and Lau Sin Street;
6. Tai Hang Road flyover northbound between Tai Hang Road and Victoria Park Road westbound; and
7. The section of Percival Street between Gloucester Road service road and Lockhart Road.

Public transport services
     A total of 89 bus routes and 13 green minibus (GMB) routes operating in the affected areas will be temporarily diverted, and one GMB route will be suspended.  The tram services between Tong Shui Road and Western Market will be suspended in phases subject to the on-site situation.  The public transport operators concerned will arrange publicity to inform passengers of the arrangements.

     The TD anticipates that the traffic along the procession route will be very congested.  Motorists are advised to avoid driving to the affected roads.  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 as far as possible.

     The TD and the Police will closely monitor the traffic situation and implement appropriate measures as necessary. Motorists and the public are advised to be alert to 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 enquiries, please call 1823.
Ends/Thursday, December 29, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:53
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