Motorists are advised to plan ahead and avoid non-essential travel in the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont on Sunday morning, 19 May as there will be significant road closures and parking restrictions for the SMH Half Marathon.
Up to 12,000 runners will take part in the annual event which gets underway at 6:45am from the start line on College Street next to St Mary’s Cathedral.
Roads will be closed from 4am in the CBD, The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo, Pyrmont and Ultimo, meaning it’s best to completely avoid these areas or prepare to be detoured.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge will remain open but from 4am, the Cahill Expressway will be closed over Circular Quay with diversions via the city or the Sydney Harbour Tunnel until 11am.
Those traveling north and south of the city are advised that the Harbour Tunnel is the best way to travel but to allow some extra travel time as delays are expected.
From 4am until 10:30am, the Western Distributor will be closed between Pyrmont and the CBD so motorists will be unable to travel between the Anzac Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge in either direction.
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. All roads will reopen by 11:30am.
In addition to the closures, special event clearways will be in place along and around the event route between 3am and 10:30am.
For those participating in the Half Marathon, public transport is the ideal way to get there with St James, Martin Place and Town Hall train stations all within walking distance
Trains will run to a regular Sunday timetable with early morning services running every 10 to 15 minutes from around 4:40am, depending on the train line.
Anyone travelling on the T1 North Shore Line should plan ahead as trackwork means trains will terminate at Wynyard. Trains on the City Circle will run in one direction only from Central, first stop Town Hall.
Extra Route 247, 373, 394 and 396 buses will run to the city from Mosman, Coogee, La Perouse and Maroubra from around 5am. While roads are closed, some buses will be diverting, terminating early and using temporary bus stops.
For road closures visit livetraffic.com and for public transport details, head to transportnsw.info.