Up to 13,000 runners will descend on Sydney’s CBD for the return of the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon this Sunday 15 May. The 29th running of the traditionally annual event is the first major on-road running event in Sydney in more than two years.
The Half Marathon starts at 6:30am from the start line on Macquarie Street near Martin Place. Motorists are advised to plan ahead before travelling in and around the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont as there will be significant road closures and parking restrictions.
Transport for NSW Executive Director of Customer Journey Planning Adam Berry said drivers should expect delays and prepare for detours if they have to travel to the CBD.
“With key roads starting to close from 3.30am in the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo, Pyrmont and Ultimo, drivers are encouraged to avoid these areas,” Mr Berry said.
“The Sydney Harbour Bridge will remain open during the event but from 4am, the Cahill Expressway will be closed over Circular Quay until 11.30am with diversions via the city or the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.
“The Harbour Tunnel is the best way to travel north and south of the city but allow extra travel time as delays are expected.”
From 4am until 11am, the Western Distributor will close between Pyrmont and the CBD – so, motorists will be unable to travel directly between the Anzac Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Citybound motorists on the Anzac Bridge will be detoured via the Bathurst Street off-ramp, while southbound traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be diverted to Harbour Street.
Other major closures include Macquarie Street, College Street, Hickson Road, George Street, Bridge Street and Pitt Street. Park Street at Hyde Park will be closed from 2am to 1pm this year, while all other major roads will reopen by 11.30am.
Special event clearway parking restrictions will also be in effect on various key roads along and surrounding the event course between 1.30am and 12.30pm, motorists should check signs carefully.
Mr Berry said for people running in the Half Marathon, public transport was the most convenient option.
“St James, Museum, Martin Place and Town Hall train stations are all within walking distance of the start line on Macquarie Street near Martin Place,” Mr Berry said.
“We also remind customers that while public health restrictions have eased, wearing a face mask is still mandatory on public transport and in public transport waiting areas.
“And don’t forget to tap your Opal card or use a contactless payment card or device.
Trains will run to a regular Sunday timetable.
Buses run regularly to the city on various routes making stops within short walking distance of the start line. While roads are closed, some buses to and from the city and Pyrmont will be diverting, terminating early and using different stops.
As well, light rail services in the city will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall from first service until around 9am while roads are closed. Services continue to run regularly between Town Hall, Randwick and Juniors Kingsford, passengers can catch trains or continue on-foot instead during this time.
For more information on public transport, visit transportnsw.info.
For road closure details and real-time traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.