Sydneysiders are being reminded that major roads in the Sydney CBD will close this Sunday, 25 April for the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Martin Place and the Anzac Day March along Elizabeth Street.
“We want to encourage all motorists to avoid unnecessary travel through the Sydney CBD this Sunday, as traffic will be heavy while closures are in place for Anzac Day commemorations. Anyone parking around the CBD this weekend should also make sure to check signs carefully as special event clearways will be in place,” said Howard Collins, Chief Operations Officer for Transport for NSW.
“While spectators are able to attend this year’s march, space is limited so everyone is reminded that there’s more than one way to commemorate on Anzac Day and to consider all the options including attending a local service, staying at home to ‘light up the dawn’, or watching the live broadcast of the Dawn Service and the March.
“For anyone planning to attend the March, starting at 9am, the closest train stations are Martin Place, St James, Museum and Town Hall. The March will travel along Elizabeth Street from Martin Place to Hyde Park South.
“Anzac Day participants and spectators should consider all the available travel options when travelling to and from the CBD including public transport, driving with their group, using taxis and rideshare or walking for shorter trips.”
Extra early morning transport services including trains, metro, buses and light rail will run to help Dawn Service ticketholders get to Martin Place. Services will run to a regular Sunday timetable throughout the day for March participants and spectators travelling to and from the CBD.
Travel on public transport to and from Anzac Day events will be free for current and former Australian Defence personnel in uniform, wearing their medals, or with proof of military service. Veterans’ families and carers will also be able to travel for free.
Those who are travelling on the public transport network for free are asked to use their smartphones to scan QR codes on arrival to register their travel and assist with contact tracing if needed. These QR codes will be set up at the exits of key locations around the CBD including around Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, QVB, Circular Quay, St James, Museum and Moore Park.
Everyone else travelling on the public transport network on Sunday, including to the Anzac Day Races at Royal Randwick, the NRL Tigers vs Sea Eagles match at Bankwest Stadium, and the annual Anzac Day NRL Roosters v Dragons match at the SCG, are reminded to use an Opal card or contactless payment method when travelling on public transport. Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time.
Light rail services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall until 6.30am while the Dawn Service is held in Martin Place. Buses in the city will also be diverting and using different stops while roads are closed for the day.
Roads around Martin Place including sections of George and Pitt Streets will start closing from as early as 2am. Major roads will begin closing along and around the March route from 6am, including sections of Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Pitt Street, King Street, Market Street, Hunter Street, Bent Street, Park Street and Liverpool Street. Roads are due to reopen by 4pm.
Special event clearway parking restrictions will also be in effect on various roads throughout the CBD between 5:30am and 4pm. There will be some earlier clearways around Martin Place from 1am.
“We will have additional measures and staff in place around transport hubs in the city to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving throughout the day so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff and NSW Police,” said Mr Collins.
“We’re continuing to strongly recommend that people wear a face mask when travelling on transport services, and check real-time capacity indicators where available. I’d like to remind everyone of the importance of regularly cleaning your hands and carrying hand sanitizer. People feeling unwell or suffering even the mildest of symptoms of COVID-19, such as a runny nose or sore throat or fever, should not attend public events but instead get tested as soon as possible.”
The Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Martin Place Cenotaph is invite-only with limited general public seating for registered ticketholders only.
The Anzac Day March on Elizabeth Street will be open to a limited number of spectators who are strongly encouraged to practise physical distancing along the March route and wear a mask where it may be difficult to physically distance.
For more information and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info. You can also check for service capacity using the online Trip Planner, the Opal Travel app or a third party transport app.
For road closure details and real-time traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.