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Special traffic and transport arrangements for public procession on New Year's Day
     The Transport Department (TD) today (December 28) reminded the public that special traffic and transport arrangements will be implemented on Hong Kong Island on New Year's Day (Monday) to facilitate the holding of a public procession from East Point Road and Lockhart Road Pedestrian Precinct to the Central Government Offices.

     The special traffic and transport arrangements mainly include:
* If necessary, from about 1.30pm, the roads in the vicinity of Victoria Park (such as Paterson Street and Great George Street) will be closed;
* From about 2pm, the slow lane of Yee Wo Street westbound and Hennessy Road westbound, and the roads in the vicinity of Causeway Bay shopping area (such as Jardine's Bazaar), will be closed;
* From about 3pm, the roads in the vicinity of Wan Chai Southorn Playground (such as Johnston Road, Luard Road and Fenwick Street) will be closed;
* From about 3.30pm, Queensway eastbound will be intermittently closed, while roads in the vicinity of Admiralty (such as Harcourt Road westbound and Rodney Street) will be closed;
* A total of 19 bus routes and 10 green minibus (GMB) routes operating in the affected areas will be temporarily diverted, and one GMB route will be suspended. The public transport operators concerned will arrange publicity to inform passengers of the arrangements;
* The taxi stand, general lay-by and parking spaces at Lung Wui Road near CITIC Tower will be suspended; and
* Car parks within the affected areas will be suspended during the road closure period. Any vehicles found illegally parked within the precinct of the special traffic arrangements specified above will be towed away by the Police without prior notice.
     The TD anticipates that the traffic in the vicinity of Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Admiralty and Central will be significantly congested. Motorists are advised to avoid driving to the affected areas. 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 plan their routes in advance, allow more travelling time to cater for unexpected delay, and use public transport services as far as possible, in particular railway services. Public transport commuters are advised to pay attention to the arrangements of route diversions, suspension and change of stop locations.

     The TD and the Police will closely monitor the traffic situation and implement appropriate measures whenever necessary. Members of the public are advised to stay alert to the latest traffic news on the media.

     Details of the special traffic and transport arrangements are available on the department's website (www.td.gov.hk). For enquiries, please call 1823.
Ends/Thursday, December 28, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:55
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