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Motorists advised to avoid holiday traffic jams

SHANGHAI police are reminding locals not to get out of the town during the rush hours in the first two days of the weeklong National Day holiday to avoid traffic jam.

Police said the influx of tourists for the World Expo and the outpour of locals to other destinations may cause congestions on highways around toll gates, especially during the rush hours of tomorrow afternoon and the mornings of Thursday to Sunday.

Zhang Zizhan, a Jiading District police officer, said the long holiday will put heavy pressure on traffic. Vehicle volume on Thursday is expected to reach 120,000, about 40 percent more than usual.

Although the seven-day holiday is designed as peak days for the Expo, only those with peak-day tickets can enter the Expo site. The number of Expo visitors from outside of Shanghai will still be tremendous and about 1,000 tour buses are expected to enter Shanghai every day during the holiday.

Zhang suggested motorists to avoid the rush hours from 2pm to 6pm to leave the city and the best time to get back is between 9am and noon during the holiday.


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