Fans heading to Sydney Olympic Park this Saturday 8 December are being urged to plan ahead and catch public transport with the Bon Jovi concert and Kevin Hart show expected to draw large crowds to the precinct.
The Bon Jovi concert will take place at ANZ Stadium with support acts from 6:45pm. At neighbouring Qudos Bank Arena, the support act for comedian Kevin Hart’s show will start at about 8pm. At nearby Sydney Showground, an indoor music festival, Knockout – Games of Destiny, will start earlier in the day at 3pm.
“With up to 100,000 people expected to be in Sydney Olympic Park this Saturday, parking will fill quickly so leave the car at home and catch public transport”, a spokesperson from the Transport Management Centre said.
Plenty of extra trains and buses will be running and concert tickets to Bon Jovi include travel on trains (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations), Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular buses, Sydney Ferries and light rail.
Anyone going to Kevin Hart or the music festival will need to use their Opal card to travel on public transport.
Express trains will run to Olympic Park from 5pm until 10pm, leaving from Central every seven to 10 minutes and from Blacktown every 30 minutes. As well, trains will run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes until 10pm and then every 20 minutes until 1am.
“It’s going to be very busy at the end of the night around 10:30pm as Bon Jovi and Kevin Hart finish around the same time, however, additional return services will help bring crowds home”, the spokesperson said.
Express trains will run back to Central every five to eight minutes from 10pm until 1am.
Express services back to Blacktown will leave every 10 minutes from 10pm until 12:45am. Every 30 minutes, services will extend to Schofields and Penrith. There will also be extra trains to Leppington and Sydenham from Lidcombe, and Newcastle Interchange from Central.
Anyone travelling from the south of Sydney is reminded to allow plenty of extra travel time as weekend trackwork means buses will replace trains on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and South Coast Line.
Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will also run on all nine routes, starting between 4pm and 4:50pm, depending on the route. Return services will run after the concert, with the last bus on each route leaving Olympic Park at 11:30pm.
“Traffic will be heavy on roads approaching the precinct, so if you have to drive you’ll need to arrive early and make sure to pre-book parking by midnight Friday as car parks will fill quickly on the night.”
Motorists are advised to expect delays on the M4, Parramatta Road, Homebush Bay Drive, Centenary Drive, Concord Road, Lane Cove Road, Epping Road and Ryde Road.
Additionally, roads within the Sydney Olympic Park precinct will close from 12pm including sections of Kevin Coombes Avenue, Olympic Boulevard and Dawn Fraser Avenue and there will be further closures from 7pm on Edwin Flack Avenue and Pondage Link.
A ride-share designated pick-up zone will operate from the P6 car park from 9:30pm and motorists picking up concert-goers are encouraged to use this area.
Plan your journey at transportnsw.info