x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Be patient - you'll get there, police tell drivers

By car, by taxi or by shuttle bus, officials say they will get fans to the race on time.

ABU DHABI // Event organisers and municipal officials are asking visitors and residents to be patient during the inevitable increase in traffic jams over the F1 weekend.

Those driving to the island must have the parking permits that were distributed with their tickets. The colour and symbol on each parking permit corresponds to the assigned car park, and shuttle buses will transport visitors from the ones farthest away.

Meanwhile, the speed limit on the Khalifa bridge that connects Yas island to Mina Zayed is being strictly enforced at 120kph. Traffic police will be stepping up enforcement to increase road safety during the weekend.

Col Hussein al Harethi, the director of Abu Dhabi Traffic Police, said there is no speed camera margin of error, so drivers need to abide by the specified limits.

He said all police teams will be working around the clockand there would be mobile speed radars along the road in addition to hand-carried radars and four fixed radars. He warned that patrols would be increased on the highways as well.

He called on motorists to drive in a manner that reflected the best side of Abu Dhabi to the visitors.

Permit checkpoints will be at all car-park entry points. Gates open at 10am tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Cars can be parked until 1am, but after that will be towed.

Public transport to the circuit is also available. Shuttle buses will run every 15 to 20 minutes from Shahama and Zayed Sports City between 10am and midnight from Friday to Sunday. Visitors will have to show their tickets to board the buses but advance booking is not required.

Taxis and group buses are required to park at the Gateway North Car Park, but cars with driver service will be allowed to drop off passengers at some gates. Vehicles are not allowed to wait at the gates. Visitors should be picked up at the Gateway Car Park.

Limited airport shuttles from Abu Dhabi Airport to Yas Island will run on Sunday only, from 10am to 5pm and will return between 5pm and midnight.

A "Circuit Circular" shuttle bus will make the rounds of Yas Island, running to each grandstand except the Main Grandstand, as well as Ferrari World and the Yas Links Golf Club every 10 to 15 minutes.

Extra buses will run near concert time each night at designated stops near the Support Pit Grandstand and the South Grandstands. Visitors are also encouraged to walk, but organisers warn that the distance from the farthest grandstands to the Yas Arena can be up to three kilometres.

 

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