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Parts of Wan Chai to be closed on Sep 30 and Oct 1 for National Day flag raising ceremony

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Parts of Wan Chai will be closed on Friday and Saturday to facilitate the flag raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square on National Day, the Transport Department said today.

The following sections of roads will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic during the periods of time specified below:

From 0:01am on Sep. 30 to noon on Oct. 1

– Expo Drive;

– Expo Drive Central;

– Expo Drive East;

– The slip road leading from Central – Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) Tunnel to Expo Drive; and

– The section of Lung Wo Road eastbound between the Wan Chai portal of the CWB Tunnel and Fleming Road.

From 5:30am to noon on Oct. 1

– The section of Lung Wo Road westbound between the Wan Chai portal of the CWB Tunnel and Fleming Road; and

– The slip road leading from Convention Avenue westbound to Lung Wo Road westbound.

There will also be diversions to bus routes and associated temporary relocation of bus stops.

– The terminal point for cross-harbour route No. 961 at Expo Drive East will be relocated to Exhibition Centre Station Public Transport Interchange;

– The bus stop for cross-harbour route No. 930 at Gloucester Road westbound near Paterson Street will be suspended and replacement bus stops will be temporarily provided at Hennessy Road near Tonnochy Road, Hennessy Road near Wan Chai Fire Station, Yee Wo Street outside Hong Kong Mansion, and Tung Lo Wan Road opposite St Paul’s Hospital after route diversion;

– The bus stop for New World First Bus route No. H1 at Expo Drive East near Golden Bauhinia Square will be relocated to Convention Avenue opposite Exhibition Centre Station Public Transport Interchange;

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– Cross-harbour route Nos. 104, 900, 914P and 914X will be temporarily diverted but existing bus stops will not be affected; and

– The taxi stand at Expo Drive will be suspended from 0:01am on Sep. 30 to noon on Oct. 1, and the taxi stand at Harbour Road westbound opposite Harbour Centre will be suspended from 5:30am to 9am on Oct. 1.

 “In anticipation of more traffic in the vicinity of Wan Chai North, motorists are advised to avoid driving to the affected areas. In case of traffic congestion, they should exercise tolerance and patience, follow the police’s instructions and be alert to the latest traffic news through the media,” said the department. 

It added that the department and the police will closely monitor the traffic situation and implement appropriate measures whenever necessary.

For details on the special traffic and transport arrangements, members of the public can call 1823 or browse the Transport Department’s website or mobile application HKeMobility. 

Separately, local media reported that the police will deploy 7,000 to 8,000 officers on National Day on Oct. 1.

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