Bus services to be diverted due to road closures for F1 race

Lighting up of Marina Bay Street Circuit for the 2014 Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix as seen at night from Swissotel The Stamford on Sept 11, 2014.
Lighting up of Marina Bay Street Circuit for the 2014 Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix as seen at night from Swissotel The Stamford on Sept 11, 2014. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Several bus services will be diverted from Sept 15 to 21, due to road closures for the 2015 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, public bus operator SBS Transit said on Thursday.

For the period of six days, 33 of its basic bus services will skip bus stops along their regular routes in the Marina Centre area. The affected services are 10, 10e, 14/14A, 14e, 16, 32, 36/36A/36B, 51, 56, 57, 63, 70/70A/70M, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 107/107M, 111, 124, 128, 130, 131/131A, 133, 145, 162/162M, 166, 174, 195/195A/195B, 196/196A, 196e, 197, 502/502A and 518/518A.

From Sept 16 to 21, the originating and terminating points of services 97e and 195 will also be temporarily changed due to the road closures.

During weekday morning peak hours, service 97e will not end at its regular bus stop in front of Pan Pacific Hotel along Robinson Road. Instead, after the bus stop opposite the Ogilvy Centre, it will travel to One Raffles Quay and end its service there.

It will skip seven bus stops along Marina Boulevard, Bayfront Avenue, Temasek Avenue, Temasek Boulevard and Raffles Boulevard.

Its weekday evening peak hour return journey will commence from the bus stop in front of One Raffles Quay and arrive at the UIC Building in Shenton Way, skipping 10 bus stops along Raffles Avenue, Temasek Boulevard, Temasek Avenue, Bayfront Avenue and Central Boulevard.

Service 195 will operate from the New Bridge Road Terminal instead of Marina Centre Terminal and will temporarily call at 10 stops along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. It will skip seven bus stops on its regular route along Raffles Avenue, North Bridge Road, North Boat Quay, Parliament Place and Raffles Boulevard.

From Sept 16 to 18, all SBS Transit premium bus services will skip three bus stops along Cecil Street, Fullerton Road and Robinson Road. They will terminate at the bus stop opposite PWC Building along Cross Street instead of Fullerton Square.

On Sept 18 and 19, Nite Owl services 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N and 6N will skip the first four bus stops along their regular routes from 12am to 2am. They will start from the bus stop opposite The Treasury along North Bridge Road.

SBS Transit also said iris NextBus, its application which informs users when a bus is expected to arrive, will not be available for all these affected bus services during this period.

Passengers who ask for the expected arrival times of these services via SMS will receive an SMS informing them that the bus arrival information is not available. They will not be charged for this SMS.

Commuters may experience some service disruptions and delays in their travel due to road closures during the F1 race period, said SBS Transit.