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Special traffic and transport arrangements for Hong Kong Cyclothon
     The Transport Department (TD) today (December 13) reminded members of the public that temporary road closures will be implemented in phases at various locations in New Territories South, Kowloon West and Tsim Sha Tsui from 1am to about 3.30pm on December 18 to facilitate the holding of the Hong Kong Cyclothon this Sunday.
     This year, the 50 kilometre ride will be the first race to start at 5.20am from Salisbury Road near Empire Centre in East Tsim Sha Tsui heading for Ting Kau Bridge, while the finishing point will be located at Salisbury Road opposite to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. All races are expected to be completed by 1.30pm.
     The 50km ride will start at Salisbury Road in East Tsim Sha Tsui and take a route via Kowloon Park Drive, Austin Road West, the Nga Cheung Road Flyover, Jordan Road, Lin Cheung Road, the West Kowloon Highway, the Cheung Tsing Tunnel, the Tsing Ma Bridge, the Ting Kau Bridge, turn back and route via the Nam Wan Tunnel, the Stonecutters Bridge to the Eagle's Nest Tunnel, and then return to the finishing point at Salisbury Road via the West Kowloon Highway and the same outbound route. The 30km ride will start at 8.10am and the route will be similar to the 50km ride, but will not route via the Tsing Ma Bridge, the Ting Kau Bridge and the Eagle's Nest Tunnel.
     The major event venues of the Cyclothon, namely the roads in the vicinity of the Urban Council Centenary Garden in East Tsim Sha Tsui, including Salisbury Road, Mody Road and Mody Lane, as well as Hung Hom Bypass and Hung Hom Road, will also be closed. As a result, public transport services in the areas around the race route and major event venues will be subject to substantial adjustments.
     During the road closure period, about 154 bus and green minibus routes (including 63 Kowloon Motor Bus routes, 25 Citybus routes, 25 Cross Harbour Bus routes, 23 Long Win Bus routes, two New World First Bus routes, one New Lantao Bus route and 15 Green Minibus routes) using West Kowloon Highway and travelling in the areas around Yau Tsim Mong District will be diverted, truncated, suspended or have their stops relocated in phases to facilitate road closure arrangements until the reopening of roads. The bus termini at the Star Ferry Pier and China Ferry Terminal will be suspended from 2.30am until around 11am on Sunday. Roadside parking spaces within the closed roads will be suspended.
      The above road closure arrangements will not affect vehicles from Hong Kong Island/Kowloon/New Territories East heading for the airport and Lantau Island. Both traffic bounds of the Western Harbour Crossing will also remain in normal operation. Due to the closure of the Ting Kau Bridge (Kowloon bound), motorists travelling from New Territories West to the airport and Lantau Island via Tuen Mun Road or the Tai Lam Tunnel will be diverted to use Tsuen Wan Road, Tsuen Tsing Interchange, Tsing Tsuen Road, the Tsing Tsuen Bridge, Tam Kong Shan Interchange and Tsing Yi North Coastal Road heading for the Tsing Ma Bridge.
     The TD appeals to the public to pay attention to the temporary road closures and public transport service adjustment arrangements 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, Canton Road in the sections south of Jordan Road and in the vicinity of Harbour City will be more significantly congested when compared with normal Sundays. Motorists are advised to avoid driving to the affected areas, and in case of traffic congestion, motorists should exercise patience, drive with care and follow the instructions of the Police on site.
     Members of the public should plan their journeys early to avoid unexpected delays, and use suitable public transport services (particularly railway services) as far as possible, and pay attention to the arrangements of temporary route diversions and relocations of stops. Those heading to Kowloon Station for the Airport Express Line are advised to plan their journey early to avoid any delay caused by road closures and traffic diversions. Members of the public may browse the TD's website (www.td.gov.hk) or mobile application "HKeMobility" for information about the special traffic and transport information, or may also browse relevant public transport operators' websites or mobile applications for details of service changes.
     The TD and the Police will closely monitor the traffic situation. Other temporary road and traffic control measures, including adjusting the extent of road closures, and alteration or suspension of public transport services may be implemented by the Police on short notice depending on the actual traffic conditions. Members of the public are advised to stay alert to the latest traffic news through the media.
Ends/Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Issued at HKT 17:15
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