SHORTER PERIOD OF ROAD CLOSURE FOR 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX Increased operational efficiencies based on lessons learned during the inaugural FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, will allow the road closure period for the...
SHORTER PERIOD OF ROAD CLOSURE FOR 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Increased operational efficiencies based on lessons learned during the inaugural FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, will allow the road closure period for the city streets around the Marina Bay circuit to be significantly shortened to seven days, as compared to 12 days during last year's race.
Full road closures will start from 0000hrs, Wednesday, 23 September, just two days before the track action begins. Following the event, all roads will be operational again by 1700hrs on Tuesday 29 September. Last year, road closures started on the weekend before the race on Saturday, 20 September and continued up until Thursday, 2 October.
The necessary road closures around the circuit are one of the most important areas of planning for the Grand Prix. The 5.067km track weaves its way through the centre of one of Asia's most dynamic cities and the Marina Bay area borders the main commercial and government areas. The Marina Bay area also divides the East of the island and Changi International Airport, from the industrial and docklands hub to the West. In other words, the track impinges upon the lives of every one of Singapore's 4.6 million inhabitants.
"With the experience gained from last year, we have been able to significantly shorten the full road closure period for this year's F1 race. Our aim is to facilitate business in the area and minimise inconveniences to motorists and the public as much as possible," said Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the authority responsible for co-ordinating the road closures.
"We take the road closures very seriously and after extensive evaluation and planning, the new timetable offers considerable improvements over last year "said Mr Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd. "With the extra resources we have assigned and the valuable knowledge and expertise we gained during the inaugural race we can minimise the time required."