PLAN YOUR TRAVEL FOR A CRACKER NEW YEAR’S EVE
28 December, 2018

Anyone travelling to the Sydney CBD or North Sydney for New Year’s Eve celebrations should plan ahead and use some of the thousands of extra public transport services available. People should leave the car at home as there will be huge crowds, major road closures and extensive parking restrictions.

“With more than a million people expected around the harbour for the 9pm and midnight fireworks, getting around will take longer than usual and the city will be no place for cars,” a Transport Management Centre spokesperson said.

The Cahill Expressway will be closed over Circular Quay from 11am, with major closures in place around Circular Quay and The Rocks from 2pm. After 7pm roads north of Liverpool Street in the city will be closed and after 11pm all roads north of Goulburn Street will be closed.

The Anzac Bridge will be closed citybound from 8:30pm to 9:30pm and from 11:30pm to 1:30am. The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed from 11pm to 1:30am. In North Sydney, major roads will close from 5pm.

Special event clearways will be in place throughout the city from 6am on New Year’s Eve until 4am on New Year’s Day. In North Sydney, clearways will be in place from 8am to 3am.

“If you’re heading into the city to see the fireworks, plan ahead, allow plenty of time, and catch public transport. Extra trains and buses will be running from around 2pm,” the spokesperson said.

From 5pm until midnight, trains will not stop at Circular Quay due to large crowds so customers can use alternative stops at Wynyard, Town Hall and Martin Place, which will be the closest stations to the harbour foreshore.

From 2pm, buses that normally run to and from Circular Quay will use Martin Place instead. Then from 6pm, all buses will use temporary bus terminals at Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall.

“Public transport will also get you to vantage points on the lower north shore but keep in mind that Blues Point Reserve is for ticket-holders only this year and is already sold out, so other nearby vantage points will fill up faster.”

From 6pm until midnight, trains from the city will not stop at Milsons Point due to large crowds, so passengers will need to travel to North Sydney and walk.

Ferries will be very popular on New Year’s Eve and are likely to be full from early afternoon. Anyone considering catching a ferry should have a back-up plan. They will stop running to and from Circular Quay at 5pm, and stop running altogether at 8pm due to the exclusion zone on the harbour. After the midnight fireworks, only very limited services will run and they will fill quickly.

Extra late night trains and buses will be running to get people home but they will be very busy. Passengers should be prepared for longer walks to train stations and bus stops, and consider delaying their journeys until after 1am when crowds may be smaller.

“Remember to top up your Opal card before you travel. Alternatively, you can now also use a major credit or debit card to tap on and off trains, ferries and light rail services.”

GETTING TO THE FIREWORKS:

TRAIN

  • Extra trains will be running into the city on most lines from around 2pm.
  • From 5pm until midnight, trains will not stop at Circular Quay. For access to the harbour foreshore use Wynyard, Town Hall or Martin Place instead.
  • From 6pm until midnight, trains heading away from the city will not stop at Milsons Point. Use North Sydney station instead.

BUS

  • Extra buses will run on major corridors into the city from around 2pm.
  • From 2pm, buses that normally run to and from Circular Quay will run to and from Martin Place instead.
  • From 6pm, all buses in the city will use temporary bus terminals at Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall.
  • From 3pm, buses in North Sydney will use temporary stops due to road closures on Blue Street.
  • From 11pm, buses that normally cross the Harbour Bridge will start and finish their trips at North Sydney as the bridge will be closed until 1:30am.

FERRY

  • Ferries will fill quickly so passengers are advised to have a back-up travel plan and consider the train and bus options. Some ferry services stop running from as early as 4pm.
  • From 10am, ferries will not stop at McMahons Point.
  • From 3pm, ferries will not stop at Milsons Point.
  • From 5pm, no ferries will be running to and from Circular Quay.
  • From 8pm until 12:45am, all ferries will stop running due to the exclusion zone on the harbour.

LIGHT RAIL

  • Regular light rail services will run between Dulwich Hill and Central until 10pm.
  • From 10:30pm until 2am, light rail services will not run between Exhibition Centre and Central. Services to the city will end at Convention.

GETTING HOME:

TRAIN

  • Plenty of late night services will be running on all lines but be prepared for very large crowds.
  • Access to some stations will be different to usual and some streets may be closed to pedestrians, so follow the signs and expect delays.
  • Between 12:30am and 4:30am trains will not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport as the airport is closed.

BUS

  • Extra late night buses will be running from the city but buses will not be able to cross the Harbour Bridge while it is closed between 11pm and 1:30am. Some buses will start their trips at North Sydney.
  • Due to road closures in the city, buses will be running from temporary stops at Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall.
  • Access to all bus stops near Wynyard will be via King Street only, between 11pm and 1:30am.

FERRY

  • A limited number of ferries will run after the midnight fireworks between Circular Quay and Manly, Neutral Bay, Mosman Bay and Woolwich.
  • Ferries will fill quickly and there will be long queues at wharves. Have an alternative transport plan.
  • There are no ferry services to or from the Parramatta River and Eastern Suburbs after around 5:30pm.

LIGHT RAIL

  • From 10:30pm until 2am, light rail services will run from Exhibition Centre towards Dulwich Hill. Light Rail services will not run between Central and Exhibition Centre during this time.
  • From 2am to 4am, light rail services will run between Central and Dulwich Hill every ten minutes.
  • Light rail services are expected to be very busy so passengers should consider catching a train instead.

KEY ROAD CLOSURES:

  • From 4am, Macquarie Street will be closed north of Bridge Street.
  • From 5am, Art Gallery Road and Mrs Macquaries Road will be closed in the Royal Botanic Garden.
  • From 11am, the Cahill Expressway will be closed over Circular Quay.
  • From 1pm, the Cahill Expressway will be closed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge (lanes 7 and 8).
  • From 2pm, roads north of Alfred Street in the Rocks and north of Bridge Street in Circular Quay will be closed.
  • From 5pm, roads will closed in North Sydney, including parts of Miller Street, Lavender Street, the Pacific Highway southbound, Blues Point Road and Alfred Street South.
  • From 7pm, major roads north of Liverpool Street in the city will close along with key roads in Pyrmont.
  • From 8:30pm until 9:30pm and from 11:30pm until 1:30am, citybound lanes of the Anzac Bridge and the Western Distributor will be closed.
  • From 11pm, all roads north of Goulburn Street in the city will be closed from Haymarket through to Walsh Bay.
  • From 11pm to 1:30am the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed in both directions. Trains will still run across the bridge.
  • Most roads are due to reopen by 4am on New Year’s Day.
  • Special event clearways will be in place on most roads throughout the city from 6am on New Year’s Eve until 4am on New Year’s Day. Clearways will also be in place on Albert Street between Phillip Street and Macquarie Street, and on Macquarie Street between Bridge Street and the Sydney Opera House, from 2am on New Year’s Eve.
  • Special event clearways will be in place on major roads in North Sydney from 8am on New Year’s Eve until 3am on New Year’s Day.

Plan ahead at sydneynewyearseve.com

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