MTR Corporation has announced that train services will be enhanced for the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 21, but there will be no overnight service again this year due to the pandemic.
Over 250 additional train trips on heavy rail lines will be provided during non-peak periods, the MTRC announced.
“After very prudent consideration of the latest Covid
-19 pandemic situation, the time arrangement of festive activities in the evening of the Mid-Autumn Festival, and also the government’s anti-pandemic measures on avoiding gathering of crowds, it was decided that normal operating hours will be maintained on the Mid-Autumn Festival and no overnight train service will be provided,” it said.
For the public’s convenience while going out and celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, MTR services will be enhanced starting from the early afternoon on the day.
Train frequency on the Island, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O lines during the pre- and post-evening peak periods will be increased, while train services on the East Rail, Tuen Ma, South Island and Tung Chung lines during the pre-evening peak period will also be enhanced.
The corporation will closely monitor passenger demand for heavy rail, Light Rail and MTR bus services on the day and enhance service in busy sections when necessary.
The rail operator also remind passengers and the public not to fly sky lanterns in areas near the open sections of the railway network or bring any metallic balloons into MTR premises while celebrating the festival.