Action disrupts schools and businesses

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 March, 2009, 12:00am

Car parks, restaurants and schools were affected by the traffic disruption on Fairview Park Boulevard.

Residents of Fairview Park had to walk for about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the nearest bus or minibus stops because shuttle buses and private cars could not leave the estate while elderly villagers blocked its exits from 10am until 3.40pm.

Teachers had to escort primary school children on foot so they could board school buses.

'The children usually can get on school buses at the front gate of the school, but today the buses cannot get close to the campus,' a Miss Poon from Wong Chan Sook Ying Memorial School said. 'So, we have to escort the students to a spot where they can get on school buses.'

Tai Sang Wai villager Chan Yiu-ting, who runs a truck park in the area, estimated he lost at least HK$80,000 yesterday. 'Many trucks are stuck in the traffic jam today, and they cannot unload their goods imported from China and drive back to the mainland to drive in more goods to the city,' he said. 'When these truck drivers are not using facilities at my parking lot to unload their goods, I have no business at all.'

The two restaurants in the area also complained about a drop in business. 'Most truck drivers are stuck in traffic and they cannot come to have lunch at our restaurant,' one waiter said. 'The restaurant is so silent and empty today. 'But the take-away department sold out of all food very early, as most drivers only have time for take-away food.'