SINGAPORE: Expect roadblocks and security checks at various locations in the city area as Singapore prepares to host the 13th ASEAN Summit and its related meetings.

The meetings will be held from 18 to 22 November at the Shangri-La Hotel. However, other key events will take place at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum and the Istana.

For a start, Police and the Foreign Affairs Ministry will be conducting an exercise on Thursday, 15 November at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

So from 6.00pm to 9.30pm, these roads will be closed:
1) North Bridge Road (between Middle Road and Stamford Road)
2) Extreme right lane along Bras Basah Road (between Bencoolen Street and North Bridge Road)

From 7.00pm to 10.00pm, roads near the Asian Civilisations Museum will also be closed:
1) Old Parliament Lane.
2) Empress Place.

From 18 to 22 November, you can expect slow traffic during the morning and evening peak hours along Anderson Road and Orange Grove Road. This is because police will be conducting selective checks on vehicles travelling along the roads leading to Shangri-La Hotel.

These roads will remain open to the public, but motorists are advised to start their journey early or avoid these roads if possible as slow traffic is expected.

Motorists proceeding to Stevens Road from Tanglin Road, or to Orchard Road from Stevens Road and Balmoral Road, are advised to use the alternative route via Scotts Road.

On 20 November, vehicles entering Raffles City will be screened before entry to the basement car park.

Lanes along the following roads will be closed on 20 November from 6.00am to 11.00pm to facilitate screening:
1) Stamford Road between Beach Road and the entrance into Raffles City (right-most lane)
2) Bras Basah Road between North Bridge Road and the driveway into Raffles City car park (The right-most lane).

On 20 November, the following roads will be also closed from 6.00pm to 11.00pm:
1) North Bridge Road (between Middle Rd and Stamford Road)
2) Right-most lane along Bras Basah Road (between Bencoolen Street and North Bridge Road)

Traffic congestion is expected at the event venue and its peripheral roads.

The taxi stand in front of RCCC along North Bridge Road will be closed from 5.00pm to 11.00pm, but the taxi stands along Stamford Road and at Swissotel will remain open.

Motorists are advised to take public transport if they are going to Raffles City.

On 21 November, roads surrounding the Asian Civilisations Museum will be closed from 2.00pm to 11.00pm.

These are:
1) Old Parliament Lane.
2) Empress Place.

Also on 21 November, these roads will be closed from 7.00pm to 9.00pm:
1) Connaught Drive (between Fullerton Road and St Andrew's Road)
2) St Andrew's Road (between Connaught Drive and Stamford Road)
3) Stamford Road (between St Andrew's Road and Armenian Street)

4) Fort Canning Tunnel (between Stamford Road and Penang Road)
5) Penang Road (between Fort Canning Tunnel and Buyong Road)
6) Buyong Road (between Penang Road and Orchard Road)
7) Orchard Road (between Buyong Road and Oldham Lane)

During this period, only police vehicles, emergency vehicles and those with special labels will be allowed to enter the closed roads. Police officers will be deployed at the affected road junctions to assist and direct motorists.

Public bus services affected by the road closure will be diverted from the closed roads.

There are also advisory signs on lampposts and electronic Variable Message Signs at strategic locations leading to the event venues.

Unauthorised parking and vehicles that are found parking indiscriminately or causing obstruction will be towed away.

Police officers will also be on patrol in the vicinity of all the event venues and may conduct selective checks on members of the public and vehicles in or around the premises.

Police say they need the public's co-operation and understanding for any inconvenienced caused. - CNA/ir