Getting Around Singapore during the Youth Olympic Games
Singaporeans and visitors will be able to catch the Olympic action that is coming to Singapore next month. To ensure both the participants and public have a good experience during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010), members of the public are encouraged to plan their travel early, use alternative routes and be gracious road users as we welcome the world to our shores.
Exciting Sport Competition, Ceremonies, and Celebratory Activities
2 Come August 2010, Singapore will be hosting the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Youth Olympic Games activities will take place all across Singapore. Members of the public can catch world class sporting action happening at 18 competition venues, watch dazzling performances put up by youths at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and soak up the festive atmosphere by taking part in celebratory activities at the Marina Bay.
Cheer the Olympic Flame as it Journeys through Singapore
3 Before Opening Ceremony on 14 August, the Singapore leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) will take place from 7 to 13 August 2010 (with a break on 9 August). The Flame will pass through various constituencies, parks, schools, historic sites, places of interest and Singapore's financial and civic districts. This is a once-in-a-lifetime torch relay experience and all Singaporeans are invited to cheer the torchbearers along the torch relay route.
Traffic Access Plans for Games Activities
4 To facilitate the various Games activities, a comprehensive traffic access plan will be put in place. The Youth Olympic (YO) Lane was introduced last month to facilitate the smooth travel of athletes and officials during Games time. The scheme will be in effect from 5 to 26 August. Based on a Give Way concept, motorists only need to give way when they see Youth Olympic Vehicles approaching. Youth Olympic Games vehicles can be recognised by a common livery bearing the interlocking Olympic rings, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo and the words "Give Way" on the front of these vehicles. When on official duties, these vehicles will also sport the YOG license plates with the flashing blinker lights on.
5 Selected lanes or roads around Singapore 2010 venues will be closed to allow competitions to take place safely and efficiently. As far as possible, lane closure will be introduced instead of full road closure to minimise inconvenience to the public.
6 Road closure will be introduced at only four out of more than 20 Singapore 2010 venues. The road closures will take place between 7 to 26 August during affected hours. Please refer to Annex A for details of full road and lane closures.
7 Rolling road closures will also be implemented along the JYOF routes. Please refer to the Singapore 2010 website (www.singapore.com.sg - under 'Getting Around') for more details of routes and timing.
Getting Around Singapore during Games time
8 Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel ahead of time to ensure a smooth journey during the Games. Spectators who have bought tickets to the sport competition are encouraged to get to their venues by public transport with the Prepaid Companion card. The card, issued to spectators with every competition ticket purchased, comes with four complimentary train rides and unlimited complimentary bus rides for one day between 12 and 26 August 2010.
9 Mr Eric Tan, Chief Operating Officer, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC), said, "In another 22 days, Singapore will host the first Youth Olympic Games and welcome the world to our island city. We invite Singaporeans to celebrate with us and take part in the various Games activities. To make it easier for everyone to get around the city, we have worked closely with various agencies to put in place a traffic plan that balances the need to run the Games smoothly while keeping disruption at a minimum. We seek Singaporeans' patience and understanding for any inconvenience caused, as well as their cooperation on the roads to help us make this historic event a pleasant and memorable experience for all our guests. In this way, Singaporeans can show their active support for the Games, and help to make the Games a success."
10 "The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been working closely with SYOGOC and the various agencies to manage traffic operations so that it will be a positive experience for both games participants as well as for the public going to the Games venues. Motorists may experience some delay when they are driving through the affected areas, and they are advised to tune in to the radio for latest traffic updates. To help motorists make informed choices, we have produced an information brochure on the road closures to help them plan their journeys in advance," said Dr Chin Kian Keong, LTA's Group Director for Road Operations and Community Partnership.
11 Signage on road closure will be put up near affected roads closer to the date of the closure. Information leaflets on the closure will also be made available at most petrol stations islandwide from August 2010 onwards.
12 Updates on traffic conditions will be made over the LTA Traffic News. Motorists can also follow the directions displayed on the Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System (EMAS) before and during the road closure. In addition, members of the public can obtain the details and updates on the Singapore 2010 website (www.singapore2010.sg) and the LTA website (www.lta.gov.sg).