HK commuters frustrated by protester-led traffic paralysis
By Shadow Li | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-08-05 10:31
No passengers are visible at the usually bustling bus stations at Hung Hom Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hong Kong, owing to a traffic blockage mounted by anti-government protesters on Monday morning. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
One of the many affected residents in Diamond Hill blasted the protesters for paralyzing traffic citywide, saying they have made Hong Kong, which is known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, the “Shame of the Orient”.
Airport Express was among the transportation outlets affected, with the whole line’s service suspended. Flight check-in services downtown are also suspended. Passengers going to the airport will have to find other ways to continue their journey.
The paralysis of traffic also left two women who just arrived at the city’s high-speed rail station in West Kowloon Station in transit for flights stunned. They were anxious as it was almost impossible for them to re-plan their trips with road services also disrupted.
According to the Airport Authority, a total of 35 flights are expected to be cancelled before noon. Starting at 7 am, the Airport Emergency Center came into operation. Passengers are urged to check updates on flights before departing for the airport.
Currently, Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau, which usually departs about every 10 minutes, maintains a 40 minute interval.
Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will meet with media at 10 am, with Chief Secretary Cheung Kin-chung and Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po. She is expected to comment on the growing nuisance and violence from protesters since the middle of June.