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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 30 December 2006

Marina Bay and Orchard Road countdown 2006/2007 events

Source: www.spf.gov.sg

Security and Traffic Arrangements For The New Year Countdown 06/07

Large crowds and heavy vehicular traffic are expected around Esplanade ¨C Theatres on the Bay on New Year¡¯s Eve for the Marina Bay Countdown 06/07 as well as along Orchard Road.
Police, Auxiliary Police Officers and event security officers will be deployed for crowd and traffic control duties. CCTVs would also be used to monitor the crowd situation.
Security Arrangements
Bags and personal items may be subjected to checks by the Police. Members of public are advised to cooperate with the Police when checked. They should also notify the Police of any suspicious items or persons.
Members of public are advised to look after their belongings especially when they are in crowded places.
Police would not hesitate to take action against persons who use spray foam to commit crime or cause nuisance to the general public.
Traffic Arrangements
For the safety of participants and to facilitate traffic arrangements for the event, the following roads will be closed to all motorists:
S/N Roads Affected Period
1 Esplanade Drive From 8pm on 31 December 2006 (Sunday) to 1.30am on 1 January 2007 (Monday)
2 Raffles Avenue (Left lane closure after Oriental Hotel) From 5pm on 31 December 2006 (Sunday) to 1.30am on 1 January 2007 (Monday)
Motorists are advised to avoid the affected roads as well as Orchard Road which is likely to experience high traffic volume. Motorists are requested to slow down should they travel along the routes or pass by the affected junctions.
Officers will be stationed at all affected road junctions to regulate traffic and assist motorists along the routes while security officers have been appointed by the event organizer to facilitate pedestrians crossing the affected roads.
Parking restriction along the peripheral roads will be strictly enforced. Vehicles found parking and causing obstruction will be summoned and towed away.
Public bus services affected by the road closures will be diverted from their original routes. Bus inspectors from bus companies will be stationed at selected locations to advice commuters on the diversion. Information signs will also be placed at the affected bus stops. The bus diversion plan is enclosed.
Motorists travelling from Shenton Way planning to use Nicoll Highway to get to the eastern part of Singapore are advised to use the ECP entrance at Maxwell Road. Motorists travelling from Nicoll Highway planning to get to the western part of Singapore are advised to use Raffles Boulevard onto Republic Boulevard to get into AYE.
Traffic Enforcement along ECP
The ECP serves as a key thoroughfare and an alternative route for motorists to avoid congested areas. Therefore, the stopping of vehicles along the ECP Benjamin Sheares Bridge to watch the fireworks is therefore strictly prohibited.
Traffic Police officers will be deployed to take enforcement action against motorists stopping illegally along ECP, including, the towing away of vehicles. Motorists are advised to comply with any directions that may be given by Traffic Police.
Tune in to the radio/ Use public transport
Traffic Police will be providing regular updates to keep motorists informed of the traffic situation via EMAS advisory notices and Trafficwatch. Members of the public travelling to the area are advised to make use of public transport as congestions / diversions are expected. The understanding of the public is much appreciated.
For enquires, please call the hotline for the event at 6828 8377.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
29 December 2006 @ 10am

Source: www.spf.gov.sg Media Release 29 Dec 2006

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