2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX FORMULA ONE Returns with Improved Accessibility for All

News Releases 31 Aug 2010 formula one (F1) road closures

1.     The 2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will be held for the third time from 24 September to 26 September 2010. This year, the public can expect better accessibility with improved and new public transportation options and a shorter road closure period.

2.     From a road closure period of 12 days in 2008, this has now been halved to six days. With the experience gained from the first year, basic installations already in place, and incorporating public feedback, road closures were greatly reduced by some 40% to just seven days in 2009. Additional fine-tuning have now resulted in a further reduction, minimising road closures to six days this year.

3.     Roads will be closed from midnight, 22 September (Wednesday) to facilitate the set up of race infrastructure. When the race is completed, affected roads will reopen progressively and all roads will already be fully accessible by 5am, 28 September (Tuesday) onwards.

4.     Public transportation options have also become more extensive.

  • More accessibility to race gates via MRT: Firstly, with the opening of the Circle Line from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley in April this year, most gates are now served by at least one MRT station.

  • Increase in train capacities to cater to demand: Secondly, in addition to the new stations, about 370 additional train trips will be added and train operating hours extended till 1am during the three race days to cater to the increase in demand.

  • Accessibility by taxi: Taxis will also be able to access the Marina Bay area to enter the restricted road network throughout the period of the road closure to bring passengers to the various destinations within the Marina Bay, except during the race hours and the morning peak hours.

5.     With the reduced road closures, new MRT stations, increased deployment of rides, and building on the experience of the last two years, race organisers are striving to ensure that there will be minimum impact to all road users - motorists, stakeholders, race-goers and visitors - during the period when the street circuit would be closed to facilitate the essential set up of the street circuit.

6.     "Now that there are three additional MRT stations in the vicinity of the circuit park, we are confident that public transport will be the best way of entering Marina Bay during the week of the race. Visitors to the Marina Bay can continue to get to their destinations conveniently by train, while the roads are closed to facilitate set up. For race-goers, with most gates being served by at least one MRT station, we would strongly encourage them to hop onto the trains and get to the circuit park conveniently to enjoy the exciting rubber-burning action of the FORMULA ONE race," said Mr Lim Bok Ngam, Acting Chief Executive, Land Transport Authority (LTA).

7.     "With this improved accessibility, all motorists and the general commuting public can be assured of minimal disruption when travelling to the Marina Bay and Orchard Road areas", said Mr Justin Chew, Singapore Tourism Board's Executive Director for F1 and Sports. "So whether you are a race fan or just looking to meet friends at your usual haunt or indulging in some weekend shopping, all your favourite establishments will continue to be open for business. The public should also keep an eye out for unique race weekend deals or interesting special events as part of "Grand Prix Season Singapore 2010".

8.     Held from 17 to 26 September, "Grand Prix Season Singapore 2010" will present various lifestyle offerings including exciting parties, art exhibitions, new retail and dining experiences. Full details will be announced shortly and will also be made available at www.yoursingapore.com.

9.     "One of the great advantages of our track is that ticketholders get to enjoy not only the extensive specially built facilities in the circuit park but also have easy access to the fantastic range of shops, restaurants and services around the circuit park. The sheer scope of first-class options right on our doorstep is a unique feature of the Singapore Marina Bay Circuit and adds to the whole experience," said Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd.


Shorter road closure hours
10.     To facilitate the morning peak hour traffic, Nicoll Highway, Esplanade Drive and the stretch from Republic Avenue to Bayfront Avenue1 will be open to traffic between 5am and 9.30am during the road closure period except on 26 September (Sunday), the final day of the race. On 27 September (Monday), Raffles Boulevard will also be open to traffic between 6am and 9.30am and between 5pm and 8.30pm.

11.     Accredited vehicles with pre-assigned decals 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.

12.     Traffic wardens will be deployed on site to direct traffic and assist the public. Road information and directional signs will be put up in the vicinity to direct motorists. Please refer to Annex A for the list of roads that will be affected by the road closures and the different ways of entering Marina Bay.


Entering Marina Bay

13.     Businesses at Marina Bay will remain open throughout the road closure period from 22 to 28 September. All visitors and the general public can continue to make their way into the area through the various transport options.

By car

14.     Similar to last year, Suntec City and both car parks at Suntec City and Pontiac Millenia will remain accessible to the public throughout the entire period from 22 September to 28 September.

15.     Raffles Boulevard (via Nicoll Highway or via Rochor Road to Temasek Boulevard) is accessible to vehicles with pre-assigned decals.

16.     While driving along these roads, motorists are strongly advised not to stop their vehicles indiscriminately so as to optimise the traffic flow. Motorists should follow the signs and instructions by the traffic wardens who would be on site to direct traffic.

By taxi

17.     Organisers have 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 the race hours and the morning peak hours from 5am to 9.30am where only taxis who are on-call or ferrying hotel guests with the necessary hotel guest pass will be allowed into enter the restricted road network.

18.     This means that patrons and visitors to offices, shopping centres and hotels 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 also be unaffected and continue to operate as usual.

By public transport

19.     Commuting to the Marina Bay area by public transport remains a strong option. 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

By foot

20.     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 24 to 26 September is only available to race ticket holders, as these premises are within the circuit park.

For Race-goers

21.     Race ticket holders are strongly encouraged to make use of public transport to get to the race. As most gates are within walking distance to at least one MRT station, race ticket holders are strongly advised to take the train to the race. Please refer to Annex C for the nearest MRT stations to the respective ticketing gates.

22.     Free shuttle services are also available from Lavender MRT stations to Gate 1. After the race, taxis will be an additional mode of transport.

23.     During the race weekend, MRT train services will be beefed up to cope with the higher demand, with train operating hours extended until 1am. About 370 more train trips will be added on the three race days to meet increased demand. The operating hours for selected feeder bus services will also be extended to match the last train service during the three race days.


Information on road access plans

24.     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. The public can also access the LTA and One.Motoring websites for information.


About the FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

 The FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX made its debut on 28 September 2008. Today, it remains the only night race in Grand Prix history and continues to be Asia's only street race. Over 190,000 spectators have watched the 2008 & 2009 races live. In just two years, it has garnered a total viewership of more than 195 million. The 2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will take place from 26-28 September at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in the heart of downtown Singapore. For more information, visit www.singaporegp.sg.

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[1] Republic Avenue to Bayfront Avenue will be open to traffic between 5am and 9.30am from 22 September to 28 September except on (Saturday), 25 September and (Sunday) 26 September

Annex A to Annex C

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