1. Race organisers for the 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, which will take place from 25 to 27 September 2009, announced the traffic access plans for this year's race. Besides a shorter period of road closures, motorists, stakeholders, race-goers and visitors can continue to access the retail area and offices within the Marina Bay area through a series of public transport, road access and taxi arrangements made, to minimise inconvenience to public during the road closures.
Shorter road closures
2. This year, the road closure period has been significantly shortened from 12 to seven days. Roads will be closed from midnight, 23 September (Wednesday) until 29 September (Tuesday) to facilitate the set up and dismantling of race infrastructure. They will re-open progressively from 5am, 29 September (Tuesday) onwards and users will be able to access all affected roads by 5pm on the same day.
3. To facilitate the morning peak hour traffic, Nicoll Highway, Esplanade Drive and the stretch from Republic Avenue to Raffles Avenue1 will be open to traffic between 5am and 9am during the road closure period, except on 27 September (Sunday), the final day of the race.
4. Only accredited vehicles with pre-assigned decals, such as delivery vehicles and season parking ticket holders, will be allowed to drive into the area through a restricted road network to get to the various buildings within the circuit park when the roads closures are ongoing.
5. Traffic wardens will be deployed on site to direct traffic and assist the public. In addition, road information and directional signs will be put up to guide motorists. Please refer to Annex A for the list of roads that will be affected by the road closures.
6. "This year, we have further enhanced accessibility into the Marina Bay area through the public transport system for the period where the organisers are setting up and preparing for the F1 race. Besides providing a free shuttle service to bring visitors from Bugis and City Hall MRT stations to the various buildings within Marina Bay, we have made special provisions to allow taxis to enter via the restricted roads, and will add more train trips during the race weekend so that public transport will be the most attractive mode of transport during this period," said Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive, Land Transport Authority (LTA). "In addition, we have also minimised the impact of the road closures to the public by cutting down the duration of the road closure by 43%."
7. "We took the road closure feedback very seriously and after extensive evaluation and planning, the new timetable offers considerable improvements over last year. With the extra resources we have assigned and the valuable knowledge and expertise we gained during the inaugural race, we are confident of delivering an exceptional experience for race goers as well as other stakeholders. As the race organiser, we remain committed to ensuring the minimum amount of disruption around the circuit park, "said Mr Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP.
Public Transport: The Best Mode to Enter the Area
8. Businesses at Marina Bay will remain open throughout the road closure period from 23 to 29 September and visitors can continue to make their way into the area through various transport options.
By public transport
9. The best way to access the Marina Bay area is by public transport. While public bus services plying the area will be diverted to nearby roads during the road closure, a free bridging bus loop service will be available to bring commuters from the Bugis and City Hall MRT stations to the Suntec City and Marina Bay area. Please refer to Annex B for a summary of public transport options available
10. The public can continue to access most of the establishments in the Marina Bay area by foot via the underground links and roads. The general public may wish to note that access to the Singapore Flyer and Esplanade Theatres from 25 to 27 September is only available to race ticket holders, as these premises are within the circuit park.
11. Organisers have also made special provisions this year to allow all taxis to enter the restricted road network via Rochor Road to Temasek Boulevard as well as the single-lane restricted road along Raffles Boulevard, except during morning peak hours from 5am to 9.30am and during the race hours. During the morning peak hours, taxis ferrying hotel guests with the necessary hotel guest passes and taxis will call-bookings will still be allowed to enter the restricted road network.
12. This means that patrons and visitors to offices, shopping centres and hotels within the road closure can choose to take a taxi into and out of the area. Passengers can choose to drop off at selected taxi stands within the Marina Bay area. The existing taxi stands at Suntec City and Millenia Walk will continue to operate.
13. Organisers will also be distributing vehicle decals for stakeholders affected by the road closure. Motorists issued with the pre-assigned vehicle decals will be able to access the buildings within the road closure via a single lane access along Raffles Boulevard or via Rochor Road to Temasek Boulevard, where priority will be accorded to decal holders.
14. Similar to last year, motorists without vehicle decals can still enter Suntec City via its car park via Nicoll Highway. The Suntec City and Pontiac Millenia car parks will remain open for parking throughout the entire period from 23 September to 28 September.
15. While driving along these roads, motorists are strongly advised not to stop their vehicles indiscriminately so as to optimise the traffic flow. Some delays can be expected and motorists should follow the signs and instructions by the traffic wardens who would be on site to direct traffic.
Race-goers strongly encouraged to take public transport
16. Race ticket holders are strongly encouraged to take public transport as most roads in the area will be closed during race days from 25 to 27 September. Race-goers can take the free shuttle bus services from Lavender, Kallang, Clarke Quay and Outram MRT stations to specific ticketing gates. After the race, taxis will be an additional mode of transport.
17. During the race weekend, MRT train services will be beefed up to cope with the higher demand, with train operating hours extended until 1.15am. Up to 650 more train trips will be added on the three race days to meet increased demand. Feeder bus services at major HDB towns will also be extended accordingly to meet the demand from the last train service during the three race days.
Exciting promotions at Marina Bay during the race week
18. Leveraging the race week from 23 to 29 September, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is working with retailers and dining outlets to put together attractive dining and shopping promotions under the Singapore GP Season, to give ticket holders and shoppers more reasons to visit the Marina Bay area during this period,. More information will be announced shortly. For the latest details, please visit: http://www.visitsingapore.com/sgpseason/
19. "The greater accessibility, as well as the host of entertainment, dining and retail options available in the Marina Bay area will create a truly total experience for race-goers, visitors and Singapore residents. With the attractive promotions put together by the Marina Bay businesses, and the line-up of exciting events and activities under the Singapore GP Season this year, there will be something for everyone to look forward to and enjoy," says Mr Justin Chew, Director, F1 Project, Singapore Tourism Board.
Information on road access plans
20. Members of the public are strongly advised to plan their journey ahead of time. Information leaflets on the road access plan will be available at selected petrol stations and the various shopping centres and office buildings in the Marina Bay area from today onwards. The public can also access the LTA and One.Motoring websites for information.
About the FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
The inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX took place on 28 September 2008 on a street circuit of public roads around the Marina Bay area. The race was the first FORMULA ONE to be held at night, and the first FORMULA ONE street race in Asia. Over 100,000 spectators, a sell-out, capacity crowd, and more than 110 million television viewers worldwide watched the Singapore Grand Prix. The 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will take place from 25-27 September 2009 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in the heart of downtown Singapore.
1Republic Avenue to Raffles Avenue will be open to traffic between 5am and 9am from 23 September to 28 September except on Saturday, 26 September and (Sunday) 27 September