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23 Dec 2021
PLAN AHEAD FOR A BUSY SUMMER OF EVENTS IN SYDNEY

Sydneysiders and visitors are encouraged to plan their trips ahead of time over the summer holidays as Sydney hosts major events and Transport for NSW takes advantage of the quieter holiday period to upgrade parts of the network.

Summer brings a host of major events with ticketholders being asked to allow extra travel time to minimise delays and arrive with plenty of time.

“There is a bonanza of events for people to make the most of summer in Sydney, including the ELEVATE Sydney festival at Circular Quay and on the Cahill Expressway Overpass from 1 to 6 January 2022,” Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said.

“We are expecting hundreds of thousands of people in the city for New Year’s Eve celebrations, including the 9pm and midnight fireworks, with major road closures in place and extra public transport. Remember, most vantage points in the city are ticketed this year so plan your night ahead of time.

“We ask everyone to leave the car at home and take public transport to bring in the New Year. Thousands of extra trains and buses will be running from around 2pm to help you get to the city and North Sydney.

“The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is returning to 100 per cent of its usual 48,000 capacity from 5 to 9 January for the fourth Ashes test. Cricket fans heading to the Sydney Pink Test are encouraged to leave the car at home with frequent light rail services and a number of regular bus routes the best way to get to and from the match.

“Fans are advised to arrive early to the SCG to allow plenty of time to get to their seats. Where possible, ticketholders can beat the queues by walking from Central Station to Moore Park via Devonshire Street and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway which takes about 25 minutes.”

Mr Collins said Transport for NSW was in the middle of developing and maintaining Sydney’s transport and road network.

“We are in the middle of several vital projects to upgrade key road links and our public transport network,” Mr Collins said.

“The Cahill Expressway southbound, from North Sydney along the Sydney Harbour Bridge, will be closed from 9pm on Boxing Day until 4:30am Monday 10 January 2022 for essential upgrade works. The Cahill Expressway northbound, from the Domain Tunnel to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, will also be closed from 10pm Thursday 30 December until 4am Friday 7 January 2022.

“In addition, public transport services will be disrupted with parts of the T3 Bankstown and T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra lines shut down during the holidays to allow the work necessary to have the new Sydney Metro City and Southwest online by 2024.

”We plan to minimise the disruption as much as possible to reduce the impact on the community and we thank everybody for their patience while we carry out these important projects.”

Roads in and out of Sydney will experience some of their busiest periods with travelling holidaymakers.

Heavy traffic and delays are expected entering and leaving Sydney via the Hume Highway and Princes Highway to the south, Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road to the west and Pacific Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway and NorthConnex to the north.

“We predict traffic will be heavy again towards the end of the school holidays. Especially for those catching a flight over the holidays, make sure you plan ahead and leave enough time to get to the airport,” Mr Collins said.

"If you are taking a road trip this summer, register for live traffic alerts to reduce delays, allow extra travel time and take regular breaks.

“Make sure you’re well rested before you head out on the road, stick to the speed limit, wear your seatbelt or helmet, put down the phone and never ever drive if you’re affected by drugs or alcohol.

“We want everyone to get to their destination safely.

“Remember, double demerit points will be in force from 24 December to 3 January.”

For details of the transport changes, including rail replacement buses, timetables, stop locations and additional train services, and for information on transport services for major events, visit transportnsw.info.

For the latest updates on changes to the road network, visit livetraffic.com.

TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC CHANGES

CAHILL EXPRESSWAY CLOSURE

  • Essential road work will be carried out on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 9pm Sunday 26 December 2021 to 4.30am Monday 10 January 2022, weather permitting.
  • The Cahill Expressway – lanes 7 and 8 of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – will be closed southbound at High Street, Kirribilli and at Mount Street, North Sydney from 9pm on Boxing Day for two weeks for road resurfacing and waterproofing work.
  • Lane 6 will also be closed nightly from 9pm to 5.30am.
  • Buses will travel in lane 6 during the day, lane 5 during the night, and will be detoured via York St, Grosvenor St, Bridge St, Gresham, and Loftus St. No bus stops will be missed.
  • Speed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge deck will be reduced to 40km/hr for the duration of works
  • The Cahill Expressway northbound lanes from the Domain Tunnel to the Sydney Harbour Bridge will also be closed on Tuesday 28 December 10pm to 5am to allow for initial event setup, and then from 10pm Thursday 30 December 2021 to 4am Friday 7 January 2022 for New Year’s Eve events and the ELEVATE Sydney festival on the Circular Quay Overpass.
  • Lane 4 on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will close each night from 9.30pm to 10.30pm between Saturday 1 January 2022 and Wednesday 5 January 2022. During this time motorists can detour via the Sydney Harbour Tunnel in both directions or detour via the city.
  • The Christmas and New Year period is the best time to do essential work because significantly fewer motorists use the Sydney Harbour Bridge at this time.
  • This will be a major opportunity to maximise productivity and ensure the highest quality road surface for the hundreds of thousands of motorists who use the Sydney Harbour Bridge every day.
  • The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will remain open in both directions during the work. Motorists can continue to travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in both directions and detour via the Sydney CBD, but are reminded to allow extra travel time. Drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic controls.
  • Parking restrictions will be in effect on Grosvenor Street, Bridge Street and Macquarie Street in the city to maximise lane capacity while the closure is in place. Drivers are reminded to check signs carefully.

ELEVATE Sydney

  • ELEVATE Sydney will be held on the Cahill Expressway Circular Quay Overpass from 1 to 6 January 2022 – for more information visit elevatesydney.com.
  • ELEVATE Sydney ticketholders are encouraged to plan their trip and consider all available travel options. Public transport is the easiest way to get to and from the event with St James and Martin Place the closest Rail Stations. Major transport hubs at Circular Quay and Wynyard are also within short walking distance of the event.

CHANGES TO T3 and T4 - TTP FOR SYDNEY METRO WORKS

  • The works will run from Sunday 26 December to Sunday 9 January to allow the works necessary to have the new Sydney Metro City & Southwest online by 2024
  • During this time stations on the T3 Bankstown Line between Central and Birrong will be closed.
  • From Sunday 26 December 2021 until Tuesday 28 December 2021, stations on the T4 Illawarra Line between Sydenham and Central will also close
  • To support customers during this time we are introducing a temporary transport plan to keep everyone moving and we’re also rerouting and adding more train services to the network, with dozens of extra trains per day on the T2, T4 and T8 lines
  • The main message to commuters during this time is to please take a moment to plan ahead to ensure you can continue to move around the network as this essential work is carried out
  • There will be bus marshals and customer service staff assisting customers at key stations, as well as temporary parking changes to accommodate the extra bus services
  • From Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 December:
  • T3 Bankstown Line:
    • Frequent buses services will replace trains between Lidcombe and Central via Bankstown including all-stops and limited-stops routes.
    • Trains run to a changed timetable between Liverpool and City via Regents Park, stopping at all stations between Cabramatta and Lidcombe
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:
    • Frequent buses services will replace trains between Sydenham and Central, including all-stops and limited-stops routes.
    • Customers travelling to the city are advised change at Wolli Creek for a T8 Airport & South Line train to City Circle stations. Then change at Central or Town Hall for trains to Martin Place, Kings Cross, Edgecliff, or Bondi Junction
    • T8 Airport & South Line trains will run via the airport to the City Circle, with extra train services.
    • Southern Highlands Line trains will run via Liverpool along the T2 Inner West Line.
  • From Wednesday 29 December to Sunday 9 January
    • Frequent buses services will replace trains between Lidcombe and Sydenham via Bankstown
    • Trains run to a changed timetable between Liverpool and City via Regents Park, stopping at all stations between Cabramatta and Lidcombe, including all-stops and limited-stops routes
    • From 10am Thursday 31 December until Sunday 9 January, T3 Bankstown Line trains will run between Sydenham and the City Circle, with some extra stops St Peters and Erskineville
    • From Wednesday 29 December to 10am Thursday 31 December, T4 Illawarra Line trains run between Sydenham and Bondi Junction, making extra stops at St Peters and Erskineville. There will be also extra services between Hurstville and the City Circle between 8am and 8pm.
    • Southern Highlands Line trains will run via Liverpool along the T2 Inner West Line.

INNER WEST LIGHT RAIL REPLACEMENT SERVICES

Buses continue to replace L1 Dulwich Hill light rail services:

  • Route 2L1 Central to The Star and return
  • Route 3L1 Lilyfield to Central via Glebe, The Star
  • Route 4L1 Dulwich Hill to The Star via Anzac Bridge and return
  • F10 from Blackwattle Bay Wharf, Glebe to Barangaroo Wharf.
  • Customers using the replacement bus services will automatically receive a 50 per cent discount. The F10 service will only accept payments made with credit or debit cards with full adult ferry fares charged. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES TO SYDNEY CBD

Extra late night public transport services from the Sydney CBD:

  • Ferries run till various times between 6pm and 12.20am from Circular Quay.
  • L2 and L3 light rail services run until 1am between Circular Quay and Randwick.
  • Buses will run from midnight to 4.30am out of the city to various locations such as Sutherland, Penrith, and Liverpool.

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • From 5pm trains will not drop off passengers at Circular Quay and Circular Quay buses will use stops at Martin Place while roads are closed.
  • From 7pm all buses in the city will use stops at temporary terminals at Wynyard, Town Hall, and Hyde Park.
  • On some lines, the last ferries to the city leave from mid-afternoon. From 5pm all ferries stop running to and from Circular Quay wharves, with limited services resuming after the midnight fireworks.
  • L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford Line light rail services to Circular Quay will run regularly until 5pm. From 5pm, services will stop running between Town Hall and Circular Quay as roads close and crowds arrive in the city. Light rail services continue to run between Town Hall, Randwick, and Kingsford until 4am on New Year’s Day. L1 Dulwich Hill replacement buses will be using different stops and routes while roads are closed in Pyrmont and at Central Station.
  • Metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood will run every five minutes from 4pm until approximately 2am then 10 minutes through to New Year’s Day. Change at Epping for trains to the city, or Chatswood for trains to the lower north shore.
  • In Sydney’s North, trains from the city will not stop at Milsons Point from 6pm, while ferries will stop running to McMahons Point from 10am and Milsons Point from 3pm. Buses will be diverting and using different stops from 3pm. Trains continue to run to nearby North Sydney station throughout the night.

ROADS

  • Roads in the Sydney CBD will progressively close from 12pm. In Sydney’s north, roads will close from 5pm around North Sydney, Kirribilli, McMahons Point and Milsons Point. Some local roads will close earlier in the day. Roads in the city reopen by 4am while roads in North Sydney reopen by 3am New Year’s Day.
  • From 11pm to 1.30am the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city bound lanes on the Anzac Bridge will be closed ahead of the midnight fireworks.
  • Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place throughout the city between 12pm on New Year’s Eve until 4am on New Year’s Day, and in North Sydney and surrounding areas between 6am on New Year’s Eve until 3am on New Year’s Day.

WATER SAFETY

  • Wear a lifejacket that is maintained and in good working condition.
  • With so many boats moving about it is essential for all skippers to keep a proper lookout and to maintain a safe speed and distance at all times.
  • On New Year’s Eve, anchor early and well before sunset.
  • After sunset, display the appropriate navigation lights. Be bright – think safety at night!
  • An exclusion zone will apply from 8pm around the fireworks barges.

TRAVEL FOR THE ASHES CRICKET TEST MATCH AT THE SCG

  • Trains will be running regularly to Central where fans can connect with frequent light rail and shuttle bus services on Chalmers Street to Moore Park.
  • L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford light rail services to Moore Park will get fans within a short walking distance of the SCG. Additional services will run between Central and Moore Park before play starts and after the match ends each day.
  • Express shuttle buses will also be running frequently between Central and Moore Park from 7.30am to 11am and returning from 5pm to 7pm each day.
  • Additional staff will be in place around transport hubs to manage crowds and help passengers stay COVID safe.
  • Cricket fans travelling from the north are reminded that the Cahill Expressway will be closed in both directions for roadwork and events. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will remain open but allow extra travel time as delays are expected particularly in the morning ahead of start of play.

GETTING TO SYDNEY AIRPORT

  • For holidaymakers going to Sydney Airport, the AirportLink train is the most convenient option for travelling between Sydney CBD train stations and the international and domestic airport terminals.
  • If driving to Sydney Airport is your only option, please allow for extra travel time due to road changes as works on the Sydney Gateway are underway.

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC SURGE

  • Heavy traffic and delays are expected entering and leaving Sydney via the Hume Highway and Princes Highway to the south, Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road to the west and Pacific Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway and NorthConnex to the north.
  • While difficult to predict, it is possible delays of more than one hour may occur at some of these locations, which increases the risk of incidents relating to driver frustration, fatigue and hazards caused by traffic queuing in high-speed zones.
  • We expect the first two weekends of January to be the busiest on the roads.
  • Transport for NSW will have traffic management initiatives in place at the major known pinch points, but travellers should still be prepared to experience delays.
  • We recommend road users download the Live Traffic NSW App or visit livetraffic.com for the latest traffic updates and to register for alerts about your trip.
  • By receiving notifications, road users can “set and forget” and won’t have the hassle of constantly checking the app or site and means they can make the best decisions for their trip at the earliest opportunity.
  • Visit nswroads.work/holiday-journeys to access the suite of tools available to plan your journey.