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Tai Po Road
大埔公路
Route information
Maintained by Highways Department
Length21.9 km (13.6 mi)
1.6 km (0.99 mi) Tai Wo section
1.1 km (0.68 mi) Yuen Chau Tsai section
3.6 km (2.2 mi) Tai Po Kau section
2.8 km (1.7 mi) Ma Liu Shui section
4.0 km (2.5 mi) Sha Tin section
1.2 km (0.75 mi) Tai Wai section
3.3 km (2.1 mi) Sha Tin Heights section
1.2 km (0.75 mi) Piper's Hill section
3.1 km (1.9 mi) Section in Kowloon
Existed1902–present
Major junctions
South endCheung Sha Wan Road at Mong Kok
 Castle Peak Road at Sham Shui Po
Route 7 at Lai Chi Kok
Route 8 at Tai Wai
Route 9 from Sha Tin to Ma Liu Shui
Route 1 at Fo Tan
Route 9 at Island House
North endKwong Fuk Road/Nam Wan Road at Tai Po South
Highway system
Tai Po Road (Kowloon portion)
Chinese大埔道
Tai Po Road (New Territories portion)
Chinese大埔公路

Tai Po Road is the second longest road in Hong Kong (after Castle Peak Road). It spans from Sham Shui Po in Kowloon to Tai Po in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Initially, the road was named Frontier Road.

Location

The road begins at Nathan Road near Sham Shui Po, runs through the valley between Golden Hill and Beacon Hill, and connects to Sha Tin. It then continues northward along Sha Tin Hoi and Tai Po Hoi.

History

Built in 1902, Tai Po Road is one of the earliest major roads in the New Territories. Until the completion of the Lion Rock Tunnel in 1967, Tai Po Road was the main road connecting the New Territories with Kowloon.[1] Before the construction of the Fanling Highway in the 1980s, the road connected Fanling and Sheung Shui.

Main article: 2018 Hong Kong bus accident

On 10 February 2018, at approximately 18:13 HKT, a Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) double-decker bus flipped onto its side on Tai Po Road. The crash killed 19 people and injured 65.

The incident was Hong Kong's second deadliest road traffic accident, behind a 2003 incident on Tuen Mun Road that killed 21.[2]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ Cheng Siu Kei, "Making of a New Town: Urbanisation in Tai Po", Tai Po Book p. 271
  2. ^ "Hong Kong bus overturns, killing at least 19 people". The Guardian. Agence-France Presse. 10 February 2018.
Preceded by
Shing Mun Tunnel Road
Hong Kong Route 9

Tai Po Road — Sha Tin
Succeeded by
Tolo Highway

Coordinates: 22°23′20″N 114°11′37″E / 22.38893°N 114.19353°E / 22.38893; 114.19353