The Riders Are Back
Excitement is building as Phillip Island prepares itself to take centre stage for the world’s motor cycling enthusiasts as it hosts the 2013 MotoGP.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said that while the hype from last year’s Casey Stoner finale is gone, racing during the year has been outstanding and it is shaping up to be a fantastic event.
Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the weekend; however a significant traffic management plan has been developed to minimise the disruption to the community. Changes to normal traffic operations will be kept to a minimum. Traffic is expected to peak on Saturday and Sunday afternoon on Phillip Island Road and Back Beach Road between 4.00pm.and 7.00pm and road users are advised to avoid these locations during these times.
“Traffic on Phillip Island Road is also usually very slow on Monday after the event, up until about 1.00pm.
“We will monitor the situation and if necessary implement a blue line operation after 9.00am when school buses will have completed their morning services,” Mr Angarane said.
“The event relies heavily on land surrounding the Circuit and adjacent paddocks for parking and its availability will be subject to ground conditions.
“However if ground conditions are too wet, a staged alternate parking plan will be implemented to accommodate patrons.
“A key component of this is the park and ride. Patrons will be encouraged to park in established car parks along the route to the circuit and in Cowes and in townships along the route.
“They will be able to take advantage of existing and additional shuttle bus services which will be running regularly to the track.
“All Phillip Island residents should have received an information brochure in their letter box. This brochure explains local traffic information as well as entertainment over the weekend.”
The Barry Sheene Tribute Ride
Interest in the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is strong and around 500 motorcyles are expected to take part.
“The ride will leave Bairnsdale at 9.30am on Thursday, 17 October. After a lunch stop in Morwell, it will depart from there at 12.50pm and travel to San Remo via Inverloch and Wonthaggi,” said Mr Angarane.
“They will leave San Remo at 3.25pm and arrive at the Circuit at 3.45pm.
“It is always a great spectacle watching the riders travel through the Shire, so we encourage everyone to get out and have a look.”
The Cranbourne ride is expected to arrive in Cowes on Saturday from around 11.30am. Entertainment and other activities will greet the riders in Cowes.
Shuttle buses will operate between the Circuit and various stops around San Remo and Phillip Island. Buses will run from 7.30am to midnight on Friday and 6.45am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
For further information about bus tickets, contact Phillip Island Bus Lines on (03) 5952 2500.
“Cowes will have live music performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well the super screen in Thompson Avenue, so there will be plenty for people to see and do,” Mr Angarane continued.
On Saturday there will be a display of classic and vintage motorcycles in Cowes.
“There is a lot to get excited about for bike enthusiasts,” said Mr Angarane.
“But there is also a lot to do even if you’re not out at the track.
“We have six great bands playing across the weekend so we encourage residents to come out and get into the spirit.”
Traffic and the Blue Line
Gap Road south of Back Beach Road will be closed to traffic from Friday until Sunday. Gap Road north of Back Beach Road will be closed at Ventnor Beach Road between 7.30am and 7.30pm during these days
Gap Road north residents will have access via Phillip Island Road at these times.
The blue line will be in operation on Phillip Island Road between Back Beach Road and Anderson on Sunday, 20 October from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.
Traffic leaving Phillip Island on Monday, 21 October is expected to be extremely heavy. Police will make a judgement on running the blue line from Back Beach Road Phillip Island to San Remo depending on the conditions.