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22 December 2016

Security and Traffic Arrangements for the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) 2017 will be held on 31 December 2016.

 

To ensure the safety and security of the public, Police officers, Auxiliary Police officers, and security officers will be deployed for crowd control. Officers from the Protective Security Command and Emergency Response Teams will also be deployed alongside officers from the Police Divisions during this period.

 

Safety and Security Arrangements

 

For security reasons, bags and personal items may be subjected to checks. The public is advised to cooperate with security personnel to facilitate these checks. 

 

Women are also advised to be vigilant against opportunists who may commit molest. There were previous incidents where individuals sprayed foam into victims’ eyes before committing molest. 

 

The public is also reminded not to engage in activities that may cause annoyance or compromise the safety of others. 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. The Police will not hesitate to take action against any person who commits crime or creates a nuisance to the general public.

 

To prevent overcrowding, Police officers and Auxiliary Police officers will be regulating the number of people entering The Promontory, One Fullerton / Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Promenade, Suntec City and other areas within the vicinity of Marina Bay. In the event of overcrowding, MRT trains may bypass the affected stations to alleviate congestion.

 

The footways along the Esplanade Bridge and Bayfront Ave along Helix Bridge are to be used for transit only; pedestrians will not be allowed to congregate on these footways. The footway along Benjamin Sheares Bridge will be closed to pedestrians from 6.00pm on 31 December 2016 to 1.00am on 1 January 2017.        

 

Traffic Arrangements

 

To facilitate the event, the following lanes and roads will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the stipulated periods:

 

S/N

Roads and lanes affected

Period of closure

1

St Andrew’s Road

31 December 2016

from 4pmto 2am

on 1 January 2017

2

Fullerton Road towards St Andrew’s Road

3

Connaught Drive

4

Fullerton Road (between Esplanade Drive and Connaught Drive)

5

Fullerton Road towards Collyer Quay

31 December 2016

from 6pm to 11.30pm

and

1 January 2017

from 1.30am to 2am

 

6

Extreme left lane of Raffles Avenue (between Temasek Avenue and Esplanade Drive)

 

7

Extreme left lane of Collyer Quay in the direction of Raffles Quay

 

8

Extreme left lane of Marina Boulevard in the direction of Bayfront Avenue (between Raffles Quay and Bayfront Avenue)

31 December 2016

from 9pm to 10pm

and

1 January 2017

from 1am to 2am

9

Marina Boulevard

 

From 10pm

on 31 December 2016

to 1am

on 1 January 2017

10

Extreme left lane of Marina Way in the direction of Marina Boulevard

 

11

Raffles Avenue (between Temasek Avenue and Esplanade Drive)

 

From 11.30pm

on 31 December 2016

to 1.30am

on 1 January 2017

 

12

2 right lanes of Raffles Boulevard in the direction of Raffles Avenue (between LP 22F and Raffles Avenue)

13

Esplanade Drive

 

14

Collyer Quay

15

Bayfront Avenue (between Raffles Avenue and lamp post 34F)

16

Raffles Link

17

Fullerton Square

18

Battery Road

From 11.30pm

on 31 December 2016

to 1.30am

on 1 January 2017

 

19

Flint Street

20

Bonham Street

21

D’Almeida Street

22

Malacca Street

23

De Souza Street

24

Extreme left lane of Finlayson Green

 

Vehicles parked at the building car parks located within the closed roads will not be able to exit the buildings during the period of road closures.

 

Auxiliary Police officers will be stationed at all affected road junctions to regulate traffic and assist motorists. Traffic advisory signs and electronic Variable Message Signs will also be put up near the affected roads and motorists are encouraged to tune in to the radio for the latest traffic updates. 

 

Parking at peripheral roads and stopping of vehicles along the ECP (Benjamin Sheares Bridge) to watch the fireworks are strictly prohibited.  Enforcement action will be taken against errant motorists who do so and vehicles which are parked causing obstruction will be towed.

 

Post- Event Dispersal

 

After the Countdown events have ended, dispersal 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. The public is advised to exercise patience and cooperate with the instructions given by security personnel. As heavy traffic and delays are expected, the understanding and cooperation from the public are much appreciated.

 

While the Police have put in place enhanced security measures for the New Year celebrations, every member of the public has a critical role to play in ensuring the safety and security of Singapore. The Police remind the public to remain vigilant against crime and adopt the following crime prevention measures:

 

·       Look after your belongings at all times;

·       Be cautious of strangers when approached;

·       Stay close to your friends or move around in groups;

·       Avoid contact with unruly crowds;

·       Report any suspicious persons and activities to the Police by calling 999 or SMS to 71999 if it is unsafe to talk; and

·       Approach any Police officer deployed or dial ‘999’ for urgent assistance.

  

As we enjoy the festivities, we urge everyone to #StayAlert, #StayUnited and #StayStrong in our fight against crime and terrorism. Please report suspicious persons and activities to the Internal Security Department (1800-2626-473) or the Police (999). Members of the public can also download the SGSecure App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to provide information to the authorities.

 

For enquires, members of public may contact the event hotline at 6828 8337 or visit the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017 website at www.marinabaycountdown.sg.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
22 December 2016 @ 7:30PM

Last Updated on 23 December 2016