FORGET THE CAR FOR A HAPPY MARDI GRAS
25 February, 2019
Motorists are advised to avoid parts of the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park this Saturday 2 March, when roads are closed for the 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Public transport will be the best option for more than 300,000 people who are expected to attend the event. Pre-parade entertainment starts from 7pm and the parade will set off from the corner of Oxford Street and College Street at 7:30pm. It will continue along Oxford Street and Flinders Street to finish on Anzac Parade at Moore Park by around 11:30pm.
“Leave the car at home and catch public transport if you’ll be attending the parade, or if you have other plans in the city on Saturday night,” said a Transport Management Centre spokesperson.
“Liverpool Street will be closed at Hyde Park South from 3pm, with major road closures in place along Oxford Street and roads surrounding the parade route from 5pm,” said the spokesperson.
“Traffic will be heavy on diversion routes so avoid driving in the area altogether if you can.”
More than 450 extra train and bus services will be running to and from the city, with plenty of extra late night services to get Mardi Gras revellers home.
NightRide buses will operate into the early morning and bus marshals will be on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly.
“Don’t forget to top up your Opal card before you travel. For trains, ferries and light rail services you can also tap on and off with a major credit card or debit card.”
Spectators will not be able to cross the parade route after 7pm, so anyone planning to watch from the southern side of Oxford Street should catch a train or bus to Central and walk. For the northern side, use Town Hall, Martin Place or St James.
Museum station will be closed from 5pm on Saturday until 4am on Sunday.
To help large crowds leave the city, parts of Liverpool Street, Goulburn Street, Elizabeth Street and Castlereagh Street near Hyde Park will be closed from 9pm until around 1am.
Most other road closures are due to be lifted by 4am on Sunday.
Special event clearways will be in place in parts of Surry Hills, Moore Park, Darlinghurst and the CBD from as early as 11pm on Friday until 4am on Sunday. Vehicles parked in clearways will be towed, and a fee applies.
HOW TO GET TO AND FROM THE MARDI GRAS PARADE
- If you plan to watch the parade from the southern side of Oxford Street or from Anzac Parade, catch a train to Central.
- If you plan to watch the parade from the northern side of Oxford Street catch a train to Town Hall, Martin Place or St James.
- Extra carriages are being added to trains on the Blue Mountains Line, the South Coast Line and the Central Coast & Newcastle Line arriving at Central from 5pm.
- Extra trains will be running to get you home:
- Go to Central for the easiest access to T1 Western Line trains, T1 Northern Line trains, and trains to T2 Inner West Line stations. Trains towards Penrith run every 15 minutes until 1am and then every 30 minutes until 4am. Change at Granville for Leppington trains.
- Go to Central for intercity trains:
- On the Blue Mountains Line, an extra train to Lithgow will leave Central at 12:44am.
- On the South Coast Line, an extra train to Wollongong will leave Central at 11:59pm. Buses replace trains between Wollongong and Bomaderry due to planned weekend trackwork.
- On the Central Coast & Newcastle Line, an extra train to Broadmeadow will leave Central at 12:15am. The 12:57am Central to Wyong train will continue to Broadmeadow. Buses replace trains between Broadmeadow and Newcastle Interchange due to planned trackwork.
- Go to Town Hall for trains on the T1 North Shore Line. Trains run every ten minutes until 1am, every 15 minutes until 2am and then every 30 minutes until 4am
- Go to St James for T3 Bankstown Line trains and T8 Airport & South Line trains.
- Go to Martin Place or Kings Cross for trains on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line.Trains will run between Bondi Junction and Central around every 15 minutes until 1am, and then every 30 minutes until 4:20am.
- Museum station will be closed from 5pm on Saturday 2 March until 4am on Sunday 3 March.
- Some trains run to a changed timetable on the T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line and the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line due to planned weekend trackwork between Strathfield and Central.
- From around 3pm, extra buses will run into the city from the northern beaches, north shore, inner west, north west and eastern suburbs.
- After the parade, extra buses will run on major routes out of the city until around 3am.
- Due to road closures, some buses will be diverting from as early as 3pm, with major diversions from 4:30pm:
- Buses that usually use Oxford Street will use Darlinghurst Road and William Street instead.
- Buses that usually use Alison Road and Anzac Parade will use Cleveland Street and Chalmers Street instead.
- From around 8:30pm until around 1am, buses that usually use Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street will start and finish their trips at Central.
- From 5pm, route 440 will be split into two routes – running between Rozelle and Central, and between Kings Cross and Bondi Junction.
- From 8pm, Route 343 will be split into two routes – running between Chatswood and Wynyard and between Kingsford and Central.
- From 3pm, Liverpool Street will be closed between Elizabeth Street and College Street.
- From 5pm, major roads will be closed along and near the parade route including Oxford Street, Flinders Street, College Street, Wentworth Avenue, Crown Street and Anzac Parade southbound from Moore Park Road to Lang Road including the Eastern Distributor Randwick Anzac Parade off-ramp. Motorists can use the Bondi/Moore Park Road or Surry Hills/Cleveland Street off-ramps instead.
- From 6pm, sections of South Dowling Street will be closed between Oxford Street and Fitzroy Street.
- From 6:30pm, Anzac Parade will be closed northbound between Cleveland Street and Moore Park Road including the Eastern Distributor Anzac Parade on-ramp. Sections of Moore Park Road will also be closed.
- All road closures are due to be lifted by 4am.
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