Road closures, extended public transport hours for Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018

Road closures, extended public transport hours for Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018

Marina Bay Sands fireworks
Fireworks lighting up the Marina Bay area at the 2017 New Year countdown. (Photo: Wesley Loh, courtesy of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay)

SINGAPORE: Several roads in the Central Business District will be closed to vehicles for this year's Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018 on New Year's Eve, the police said on Wednesday (Dec 27).

The following roads will be affected for the countdown event on Sunday until early Monday morning: 

Roads affected marina bay countdown 2018

Vehicles parked at car parks in the buildings located within the closed roads will not be able to exit the buildings during the period of road closures, police added in their press release.

Police also warned drivers not to park at peripheral roads or stop their vehicles along the Marina Coastal Expressway and East Coast Parkway (Benjamin Sheares Bridge) to watch the fireworks. 

"Enforcement action will be taken against errant motorists who do so and vehicles which are parked causing obstruction will be towed," police added. 

Additionally, members of the public will not be allowed to congregate on the footways along Esplanade Bridge and Bayfront Avenue along Helix Bridge. The footway along Benjamin Sheares Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians from 5pm on Sunday to 2am on Monday.

More than 350,000 people are expected to turn up for Singapore’s largest New Year Countdown.

To prevent overcrowding, police and auxiliary police officers will be regulating the number of people entering the malls within the vicinity of Marina Bay.

Security personnel may conduct checks on bags and personal items. 

Police also advised members of the public to be vigilant against "opportunists who may commit molest".

"The public is also reminded not to engage in activities that may cause annoyance or compromise the safety of others," police said, adding that flying of any unmanned aircraft including drones in the vicinity of the New Year Countdown events is strongly discouraged as it would "endanger the safety of the public". 

Police said they will not hesitate to take action against anyone who commits crime or creates a nuisance to the public. 

They added that dispersal of the crowd after the countdown event is likely to be slow due to large crowds. 

"Crowd control barricades and direction signs will be put up to facilitate safe and orderly dispersal ... As heavy traffic and delays are expected, the understanding and cooperation from the public are much appreciated," police said.

EXTENDED PUBLIC TRANSPORT HOURS, BUS DIVERSIONS

Those heading out to count down to the new year will also have the option of taking public transport home, with the extension of some train and bus services. 

Public transport operator SMRT said on Wednesday that it will be extending its train services on the North-South, East-West and Circle Lines as well as Bukit Panjang LRT on New Year's Eve. 

Last train NYE

Selected SMRT bus services will also be extending their operational hours so passengers on the last trains can connect to them, the company said. 

Last bus NYE

SMRT added on Friday that several of its bus services plying the Marina Bay area will be diverted. 

The services include regular services 75, 167, 171, 700A, 857, 960, 961, as well as the Night Rider services NR1, NR2, NR5, NR6, NR7 and NR8. 

Bus diversion SMRT

SBS Transit, another of Singapore's public transport operators, earlier announced that its Night Owl services would be extended to 4am that night. 

Its trains on the North-East and Downtown Lines, as well as Sengkang and Punggol LRT, will also be extended. 

Last train NEL NYE

Last train LRT NYE

Last train DTL NYE

In addition, SBS Transit's regular bus services will depart as late as 3am from interchanges across the country. 

Last buses SBS NYE

Source: CNA/ng/mz

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