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Changes to bus services over the SingTel Singapore F1 Grand Prix weekend September 19, 2008

Posted by hafizbam in Route Amendment, Transport Events.
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Route of free shuttle bus service (in blue) between Bugis/City Hall MRT stations and Suntec City during F1 race weekend.

The LTA, in partnership with SBS Transit and SMRT, has released a formal press release on the planned changes to the traffic network over the course of the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix due to take place in the Suntec City/Marina Bay area come end-September.

As expected, majority of the bus services looping at Suntec City/Esplanade or terminating at Marina Centre Terminal, will be turned back at the City Hall Station/SMRT HQ junctions, skipping the race vicinity altogether, as in the case with past diversions whenever roads in that area are closed to facilitate various events. In addition, services using the Esplanade Bridge to access Shenton Way will be diverted to ply the City Hall and Bugis areas. This will help facilitate the transfers to be made onto the free shuttle bus services connecting these two areas and train stations with Suntec City during the race days (though it is advisable to travel there by train and on foot via CityLink Mall).

Separately, the management of Suntec City has also arranged for their own free shuttle bus services which will pick up passengers from locations such as Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Novena, Bedok and East Coast Park in what seemed to be a an effort to deflect any possibility of a repeat of the retail gloom during the period of the IMF meetings back in 2006.

More information, including detailed maps, can be obtained from the public transport operators’ respective websites as well as through LTA’s http://app.lta.gov.sg/corp_press_content.asp?start=2001.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS

11. Visitors and commuters going to the Marina Centre area strongly encouraged to use public transport to get to their destinations as traffic delays may be expected during the period of the road closures.

12. The LTA has made provisions to ensure that public transport services such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and buses can cope with the expected increase in ridership.

MRT and Public Bus Services

13. Additional train trips have been introduced since May 2008 and these are expected to be able to cope with the anticipated increase in ridership.

14. A total of 27 public bus services travelling to the Padang and Marina Bay areas will be diverted to the nearest adjacent route. Please refer to Annex C for details. Signs will be put up at affected bus stops to inform the public in advance about the bus route diversions.

Free Bridging Bus Service

15. Commuters affected by the bus diversions and road closures also have the option of using a free bridging bus service which connects the City Hall and Bugis MRT stations to the Suntec-Marina Bay and Millenia areas. This bridging bus service will operate from 23 September to 29 September. Please refer to Annex D for the route of this bridging bus service and its stopping points.

Taxi Service

16. During the period of the road closure, taxis will not be allowed into the road closure areas, unless they are ferrying hotel guests who have a special Hotel Guest Pass. However, if traffic conditions allow, taxis may drop off passengers at the taxi stands at Suntec City Towers 1/2 and 3/4, Millenia Tower and a temporary taxi stand at Centennial Tower if they enter the area via Temasek Boulevard. Taxis can also drop off passengers at the temporary taxi stand at the driveway of Suntec City (next to Nicoll Highway).

17. The LTA will be working closely with the taxi companies to update them of the traffic conditions in the area, so that they are able to share this information with their drivers.

18. The public are also encouraged to take a taxi from the other taxi stands outside the road closure area.

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