Trickle of traffic passes through partially-open Tolo HighwayLocal | 15 Nov 2019 12:49 pm
Traffic started trickling through the Tolo Highway by midday today as students of the nearby Chinese University cleared one lane of the major road link to New Territories after days of blockade, RTHK reports.
Parts of the southbound and northbound highway have been re-opened, the police said.
The CUHK students had announced overnight that they will clear one lane of the highway which is the major link to the New Territories area. One lane towards and from New Territories were cleared from 6:00am, though very little traffic was seen using it until midday.
In a statement, the police said though the highway opened partially from 6:00am, a lot of debris and shattered glass remained on the road, posing a serious threat to the safety of road users.
It also said when the government's subcontract staff tried to clear the debris, "some protesters used their bow and arrow, and other hard objects to threaten them".
Police said till 10:00am today, the highway had remained blocked, "seriously obstructing emergency services and movement of residents in the New Territories".
But some drivers who tried to head to the highway were heard complaining they were being discouraged by the police who said the road remained too dangerous for traffic.