The MTR Corporation has canceled overnight service during the Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday, and all train stations will be closed at the normal time.
The rail operator said it arrived at the decision after conducting risk assessment with relevant government departments “in the light of the recent situation”.
Nevertheless, train frequencies on various MTR lines will be stepped up from 3 p.m. to cope with the anticipated increase in passenger flow.
In recent weeks, several MTR stations have been the scene of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and the police.
Some protesters have accused the MTR management of “conniving” with the police against them, and in several instances gave vent to their anger by causing serious damages to train station facilities.
The MTR said in a press release that special crowd control arrangements will be in place at busy stations.
It also reminded members of the public not to fly sky lanterns in areas near open sections of the railway network or bring any metallic balloons into MTR premises as these objects may cause train service disruptions.
Floating LED balloons will not be allowed in the MTR system as these objects may explode or catch fire and pose a risk to passengers’ safety and safe railway operations, it added.
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