Hong Kong extradition law:allow extra commute time on MTR as Admiralty station remains shut

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Police have requested trains running on the Island line and South Island line do not stop at station

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Admiralty station remains closed.

Passengers using the MTR have been urged to allow extra time when travelling on Thursday morning as Admiralty Station remains closed after Wednesday’s riot.

Rail operator MTR Corporation announced at 5.32am that the closure came at the request of the police.

People travelling on the Hong Kong Island line heading to Tsim Sha Tsui will need to change at Central, and vice versa. The South Island line serving the Southern District will terminate at Ocean Park station.

Free shuttle buses are being provided to ferry passengers between Ocean Park and Kennedy Town station. 

Clashes broke out outside government headquarters and the Legislative Council complex in Admiralty as protesters attempted to derail the second reading of the extradition bill, forcing the station to close on Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, some roads in Admiralty such as Harcourt Road, which had been blocked by protests, were slowly being cleaned up and reopened to traffic. Hennessy Road and Queensway were also reopened. 

Meanwhile, 16 New World First Bus and Citybus routes have been suspended, while 80 other routes will be detoured, and passengers have been advised to check the bus companies’ social media for updates.

Central government offices will be temporarily closed on Thursday and Friday for security reasons, the government said.

Civil servants have been told to stay away from the office, while all visits to the central government office have been postponed or cancelled.

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