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Special traffic and transport arrangements for 2017 Hong Kong Cyclothon
     The Transport Department (TD) today (September 26) reminded members of the public that special traffic and transport arrangements will be implemented in phases at various locations in New Territories South, Kowloon West and Tsim Sha Tsui from 1am on October 8 to facilitate the holding of the 2017 Hong Kong Cyclothon. Vehicles from Lantau Island heading for Tsing Yi direction will be diverted via the lower deck of the Lantau Link.

     The 30 kilometre 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, Lin Cheung Road, 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 near 1881 Heritage 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 Salisbury Road, Mody Road, Science Museum Road and Mody Lane, as well as Hung Hom Bypass and Hung Hom Road, will also be temporarily closed on the event day.

     During the event, the road closures will not affect vehicles from Hong Kong Island/Kowloon/the New Territories East heading for the airport and Lantau Island. Both traffic bounds of Western Harbour Crossing will remain in normal operation. Due to the closure of Ting Kau Bridge (Kowloon bound), motorists travelling from the 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 Kon 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 until 11am, while Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus will be suspended from 11am to 6pm.

     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.

     Bus stops, taxi stands, taxi pick-up/drop-off points, public light bus/green minibus stands, roadside parking spaces and private car parks within the closed roads will also be suspended.

     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. 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 police instructions.

     Members of the public going to the affected areas are advised to plan their journey ahead, allow more travelling, use rail services as far as possible and stay alert to the latest traffic news on radio and television.
Ends/Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00
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