Entertainment

Part of Orchard Road to close

The stretch of Orchard Road between Scotts Road and Bideford Road, situated in front of Ion Orchard to Ngee Ann City, will be closed tomorrow evening to make way for the Chingay SG50 Night Fiesta.

It will not be accessible from 5pm tomorrow to 2am on Monday, the People's Association (PA) and the Singapore Police Force said in a joint statement yesterday.

In addition, the one-way carriageway along Paterson Road, in the direction of Grange Road, will also be closed from 5pm to midnight tomorrow to act as a holding area for performers and floats. The other carriageway along that road will be converted to allow bi-directional traffic flow.

Auxiliary police officers will be deployed at the affected roads to assist motorists and regulate traffic.

Parking restrictions along the peripheral roads will be strictly enforced and vehicles found parking indiscriminately or causing obstruction will be towed away.

Those taking public transport should take note that services calling at the bus stop in front of Tang Plaza and the bus stop in front of Lucky Plaza will be affected by the road closures.

The main organisers of Chingay, the People's Association, said dispersal of the crowd after the event is expected to be slow and has urged the public to be patient and to follow the instructions of police officers and Auxiliary police officers.

Crowd control barricades and directional signs will be put up to facilitate safe and orderly crowd dispersal.

The association added that bags and personal items may be subjected to checks for security reasons.