With up to 10,000 spectators expected to attend The Everest at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday 16 October, ticketholders are being reminded to plan ahead and stay vigilant to ensure everyone remains COVIDSafe.
“This is the first major event since restrictions eased in Sydney on Monday and we know people are excited to be going out and socialising again but it’s important to be prepared,” Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said.
“Safely allowing up to 10,000 people at this event brings enjoyment, employment and stimulation for the NSW economy, but keeping customers safe is of utmost importance.
“Racegoers are reminded not to attend if they’re feeling unwell and to wear a mask when using racecourse facilities, on public transport and in taxis or rideshare.
“If you’re able to, we urge you to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or rideshare to this popular event, in an effort to reduce numbers on public transport. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking, allow extra travel time - and if you’re planning on having a drink, make sure you have a Plan B, don’t drink and drive,” Mr Collins said.
Plenty of parking is available on-site at the racecourse Infield car park entry via High Street or at the members’ car park off Ascot Street.
“If you’re catching public transport make sure you plan ahead, maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on a green dot, practice good hygiene and use Opal and contactless payments. Remember to register your contact details ahead of time to assist with contact tracing if required.
“There will be extra light rail services to help you get there and back home again, but services will be busy, especially after the last race so please be patient, follow the directions of staff on-site and allow additional travel time,” Mr Collins said.
Regular Light Rail services run every 5 minutes through the CBD and every 10 minutes through the South East. The closest stops within short walking distance of the racecourse are Royal Randwick on the L2 Line and Kensington on the L3 Line.
“Pedestrians are reminded to exercise caution around the tram tracks and cross at designated pedestrian crossings.”
Regular route buses from the city and south also make stops on Alison Road at the racecourse.
“Enhanced cleaning continues across the entire public transport network, and we will be monitoring patronage and have staff at key locations across the network, with marshals out to help customers navigate busy interchanges.”
“Plan your trip home ahead of time to avoid the queues for transport services and wait times leaving the area. Consider visiting nearby local venues after the event or stagger your departure to ensure everyone remains COVIDSafe.
“I advise our customers to use Trip Planner, download the Opal Travel App or a third party app to check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services,” Mr Collins said.
Gates open at 10am with the first race scheduled for 12.30pm, The Everest is run at 4.15pm, then the last race at 6.10pm.