By the time time the 28th SEA Games gets into full swing next month, some 300 coaches decked in Games livery will be hitting the roads, transporting more than 7,000 athletes and officials to and from competition venues.
The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) is also working closely with the Land Transport Authority to fine-tune road closures at the venues for the football, equestrian, marathon and cycling events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
Toh Boon Yi, the Singsoc executive committee's chief of corporate and community outreach, said these measures will ensure the seamless running of events, and to ensure athletes and officials get to competition venues on time.
He encouraged local motorists to be more patient and understanding.
Said Toh: "Our intention is to bring the Games to the people... that's why many of the Games' venues are in the city centre, such as the Marina Bay cluster and the Kallang area, so that we can showcase our city to the whole region.
"There will be some inconvenience to the public and to motorists, but we ask that everyone be gracious and help us be a good host."
Compromises have been made to ensure minimal disruption to spectators and the public, he added. For instance, gates will open at 5pm for the opening and closing ceremonies, which start at 8pm.
The 20km race walk, which was to have been held at Orchard Road, has been moved to East Coast Park, as the number of participants has fallen from 44 to 16.
In addition, transport operator SMRT said it will extend train service operating hours from Stadium (Circle Line) and Kallang (East-West Line) MRT stations on the days of the opening and closing ceremonies (June 5 and 16).
Patrick Nathan, SMRT vice-president of corporate information and communications, said commuters can expect higher train frequencies on days with key sporting events. SMRT will also deploy more service ambassadors to assist them throughout the duration of the Games.
Said Toh: "We are hosting these Games (after) 22 years, and (being gracious) helps to make the entire experience a pleasant one for athletes as well as locals."
For more information, go to www.seagames2015.com/advisories/road-closures
This article was first published on May 14, 2015.
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