Seniors are encouraged to take public transport to this week’s Premier’s Gala Concerts at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, with extra train services running to get you there and home again.
Part of the NSW Seniors Festival, the concerts start at 11:15am and 2:45pm on Thursday 14 February and Friday 15 February and run for about 90 minutes.
“With up to 16,000 people expected each day, plan to arrive early and travel by public transport rather than drive,” said a spokesperson for the Transport Management Centre.
“Additional trains will be running for the events and Central is the best train station to connect with services to the ICC. There will be extra signs and staff available to help you make your way to the concerts,” the spokesperson said.
Anyone traveling from outside Sydney can catch early morning trains on the South Coast Line, Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Blue Mountains Line to Central.
South Coast Line trains leave Port Kembla at 7:08am, and Kiama at 7:56am. Central Coast & Newcastle Line trains leave Broadmeadow at 6:40am and 7:05am. Blue Mountains Line trains leave Katoomba at 7:45am and Lithgow at 7:24am.
“Once you’re at Central, you can catch a Light Rail service to Exhibition Centre, which is directly opposite the venue,” the spokesperson said.
“These services will be very busy before each concert, so make sure you allow plenty of time so you don’t miss any of the shows.
“You can also catch a Route 389 or Route 501 bus as they stop a short distance away from the venue on Harris Street near Allen Street.”
Another option is to walk to the International Convention Centre from Central, which takes around 20 minutes.
After the concerts finish, there will be plenty of Light Rail services to get customers back to Central but these services will again be very busy.
There will also be plenty of trains leaving Central, including an extra Central Coast & Newcastle Line train to Newcastle Interchange at 2:32pm.
Seniors will need to use their Gold Opal Card to get the concerts, and plan their trip at transportnsw.info before travelling.