‘Get on Board’ and leave the car behind this Mardi Gras
27 February, 2020

Transport for NSW is strutting, dancing and shimmying into the Mardi Gras spirit, bringing colour and bling to the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the city to watch the parade and celebrate, and there will be extensive road closures, so motorists should avoid driving through the CBD and Moore Park.

Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said public transport will be the best way to travel, and customers can expect to see plenty of colour at key railway stations, on trams, maritime vessels, and a bus which have been decked out to celebrate the occasion.

“Transport for NSW are proudly taking part in this year’s parade and our float will be blinged up by a rainbow Ute. Our entry will include 60 staff members and representations of all modes of transport in Sydney; Metro, Trains, Buses, Ferries, Roads and Light Rail,” Mr Collins said.

“Our theme this year is Get on Board, encouraging support for our LGBTIQ staff and customers, as well as providing an inclusive workplace and safe transport network for all of NSW.”

The parade will travel from Hyde Park to Moore Park along Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade between 7:30pm and around 11:30pm.

Major roads will be closing from 4.30pm Saturday until around 4am Sunday. Roads that will be closed include Liverpool Street, College Street, Oxford Street, Flinders Street, Anzac Parade, Wentworth Avenue and South Dowling Street.

“Anyone who needs to drive in the city on Saturday night should allow plenty of extra travel time and be prepared for heavy traffic on detour routes,” Mr Collins said.

“We’ll have frequent trains and buses running into and out of the city until early Sunday morning to get everyone to the parade and home again. You may even spot some of the decorations our staff have put up across the network to celebrate Mardi Gras.”

Newtown, Redfern, Central, St James, Kings Cross and Town Hall Stations will be decorated with rainbow hearts and banners. A bus and two trams have also been wrapped in Mardi Gras branding and decorations and can be found on the streets around Sydney, and on the L1 Inner West and L2 Randwick light rail lines. On Sydney Harbour and outskirts, 12 NSW Maritime vessels will be carrying rainbow flags.

“Transport for NSW is passionate about being an organisation that respects differences which is why we have an active cluster-wide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) ally network,” said Chief People Officer, Kirsten Watson.

“This network provides peer support focus and offer staff the chance to build connections. We hope customers Get on Board during the Mardi Gras festival, keep safe, and have fun.”

Due to large crowds and road closures, there will be some changes to regular public transport services:

  • Museum Station will be closed from 5pm Saturday until 4am Sunday due to large crowds and road closures.
  • From 4:30pm, some buses will be diverting, using different stops and ending their trips early because of the road closures.
  • To help crowds safely leave the CBD, sections of Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street and Pitt Street will be closed from 9pm. Due to these road closures to accommodates large crowds and ensure pedestrian safety, L2 Randwick Line light rail services will stop running between Central and Circular Quay from 9pm. Services will be running between Central and Randwick until late.
  • Parking restrictions will be in place in the Sydney CBD, Surry Hills and Moore Park between 6am Saturday and 4am Sunday so check the signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

Before heading out to enjoy the night, plan your trip on public transport at transportnsw.info and check livetraffic.com for details of road closures and the latest traffic conditions.

Getting to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Trains

  •  Trains to the city run around every 8 minutes on the T1 North Shore Line and City Circle, and every 10-15 minutes on other lines.
  •  Trackwork
    •  On the T1 Western Line:
      •  from 2am Saturday until 2am Sunday, buses will replace trains between Emu Plans and Penrith.
      •  from 2am Sunday until 2am Monday, buses will replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown.
    •  Blue Mountains Line
      •  from 2am until midnight Saturday, buses will replace trains between Lithgow and Penrith.
      •  from 12:01am Sunday, buses will replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown until 2am Monday.

Metro

Services will run every 10 minutes until late.

  •  Change at Epping to catch a T9 Northern Line train to the city.

Light Rail

  •  L1 Dulwich Hill services to the city will run every 10 minutes until 11pm.
  •  L2 Randwick services to the city run every 10 to 15 minutes until 9pm.
    •  Services between Central and Randwick will run every 10 minutes from 9pm until 2am.
    •  Due to road closures and large crowds leaving the city after the parade, services will not run between Central and Circular Quay after 9pm.

Buses

Extra services will run from 3pm on key routes to the city from the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and Hills district.

Getting home from the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Trains

  •  T1 North Shore Line – go to Town Hall for services every 15 minutes until 1am, with extra services at 1:18am, 1:40am, 2:08am and 2:30am.
  •  T1 Western Line – go to Central for services towards Penrith every 15 minutes until 1am, with extra services at 1:11am, 1:40am, 2:10am and 2:40am. Change at Parramatta for services to Richmond every 30 minutes until 12:30am.
  •  T2 Inner West & Leppington Line – go to Central for Inner West services every 15 minutes until 1am, and services to Leppington every 15 minutes until 10:13pm, then every 30 minutes until 1am.
  •  T3 Bankstown Line – go to St James Station for services every 15 minutes until 1am.
  •  T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line – go to Martin Place or Kings Cross for services between Central and Bondi Junction every 15 minutes until 1am and then every 30 minutes until 4:15pm. Services to Cronulla will leave every 30 minutes until 1:30am, and to Waterfall every 30 minutes until 1am.
  •  T8 Airport & South Line – to go St James Station for services every 15 minutes until 1am.
  •  T9 Northern Line - go to Central for services every 15 minutes until 1am.
  • Blue Mountains Line – go to Central for services to Penrith. Buses will replace trains between Penrith and Lithgow.
  • South Coast Line – an extra train to Wollongong will leave Central at 11:59pm.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line – an extra train to Broadmeadow will leave Central at 12:15am. The 12:57am Central to Wyong service will continue onto Newcastle Interchange.

Metro

The last service to Tallawong leaves Chatswood at 2:53am.

  •  The last T1 North Shore Line train to Chatswood to connect with metro leaves Town Hall at 2:30am.
  •  The last T9 Northern Line train to Epping leaves Central at 1:03am.

Light Rail

  •  L1 Dulwich Hill Line services to Dulwich Hill will run every 10 minutes until 11pm.
    •  From 11pm, services run every 30 minutes between Central and The Star only.
  •  L2 Randwick services run every 10 to 15 minutes until 9pm.
    •  Services between Central and Randwick will run every 15 minutes from 9pm until 2am.
    •  Due to road closures and large crowds leaving the city after the parade, services will not run between Central and Circular Quay after 9pm.

Buses

Extra services will run on key routes from the city to the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and Hills district until 3am.

Road closures

From 3pm:

  •  Sections of Liverpool Street, Campbell Street and other roads in Surry Hills will close.

From 4:15pm until 6.30pm:

  •  Southbound lanes of College Street will close.

From 4:30pm:

  •  Major roads along the parade route including sections of Oxford Street, College Street, Flinders Street, Anzac Parade, Wentworth Avenue, Goulburn Street, Crown Street, Bourke Street and other roads near Oxford Street will close.

From 6pm:

  •  Sections of South Dowling Street will close.

From 6:30pm:

  •  Sections of Moore Park Road will close along with another section of Anzac Parade.

From 9pm until 1am:

  •  Sections of Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street and Pitt Street will close.

Plan your trip on public transport at transportnsw.info and check livetraffic.com for details of road closures and the latest traffic conditions.

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