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Special traffic and transport arrangements for New Year's Eve
     The Transport Department (TD) today (December 30) reminded the public to take note of the special traffic and transport arrangements to be implemented on New Year's Eve (December 31) to facilitate holiday celebrations. Members of the public are advised to make use of public transport services as far as possible.
     Depending on crowd situation, road closures and traffic diversions will be implemented in phases from 2pm on New Year's Eve in Central, Wan Chai North and Causeway Bay. There will also be road closure arrangements in the vicinity of Victoria Park for the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo. Roads in the vicinity of the main shopping and entertainment areas are expected to be busier than usual before the holiday.
     The MTR Island Line, Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Tseung Kwan O Line, Tung Chung Line, East Rail Line (except to Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau), Ma On Shan Line, West Rail Line, South Island Line and Light Rail Routes 505, 507, 610, 614P, 615P, 706 and 751 will operate around the clock on December 31.
     Some bus and minibus services will be extended or augmented on New Year's Eve. Hong Kong Tramways and the Central to Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system will also provide extended services. In addition, the ferry service between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui will be extended.
     The public are advised to make use of public transport and avoid driving to busy areas. If driving is necessary, motorists are advised to drive with care and patience and should be aware that on-street parking spaces will be suspended due to road closures and traffic diversion arrangements. Pedestrians are advised walk on the pavement, pay attention to road safety, be considerate and patient, observe traffic lights and follow advice or instructions given by the Police.
     The TD reminds the public that many public transport passengers are expected to travel via the land boundary control points during the holiday period. Cross-boundary passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance and consider making their journeys during non-peak hours. As the waiting time for public transport services may be longer than usual if traffic at the control points is busy, passengers should observe order and heed advice from the police on site and staff of the public transport service operators concerned.
     The TD and the Police will closely monitor local and cross-boundary traffic during the holidays and take appropriate action as necessary.
     Details of the special traffic and transport arrangements on New Year's Eve will be available at the department's website (www.td.gov.hk).
Ends/Monday, December 30, 2019
Issued at HKT 13:42
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