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The Transport Department (TD) today (July 7) said that because of protest activities near Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and Austin Station, crowd management measures would be in place. High Speed Rail passengers are only able to enter at Entrance D of the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station (near ELEMENTS The Rink). Passengers who have arrived from the Mainland should follow staff directions to leave from Exit K.

According to HK Police, the public meeting will be held at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui at around 3.30pm while the public procession will start by 4.00pm towards West Kowloon Station (WKS). Police anticipate that the traffic in the vicinity of Tsim Sha Tsui will be very congested during the event. Members of the public are advised to avoid driving to the above area and make use of public transport services as far as possible.

To maintain the smooth operations of the station and High Speed Rail train service, tickets for trains between Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and the Mainland from noon till end of service today are not available for sale in all ticketing channels with immediate effect.

Passengers may take the Intercity Through Train or travel on the East Rail Line to Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau to enter the Mainland. They may also consider using other cross-boundary transport.

Separately, in order to facilitate a public procession in Tsim Sha Tsui, the following special traffic arrangements will be implemented from about 4pm to 5.30pm today.

(1) Kowloon Park Drive northbound between Salisbury Road and China Hong Kong City will be temporarily closed. The right-turn traffic from Salisbury Road westbound and Middle Road westbound heading for Kowloon Park Drive northbound, as well as the left-turn traffic from Salisbury Road eastbound heading for Kowloon Park Drive northbound will be temporarily banned; and

(2) Peking Road between Canton Road and Kowloon Park Drive will be temporarily closed.

Police officers will be on-site to guide motorists. Motorists should exercise tolerance and patience in case of traffic congestion, and observe the instructions given by the Police.

Members of the public are advised to plan their routes early and allow more travelling time to cater for unexpected delay. Public transport commuters are advised to pay attention to the arrangements of public transport route diversion and changes of stop locations.

Members of the public are advised to be alert to the latest traffic news through television and radio, the TD’s website (www.td.gov.hk), or the TD’s mobile application “HKeMobility” to obtain the latest special traffic and transport arrangements. (source: ISDNEWS, others)

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