07 September 2018
Take public transport to finals double header
AFL and NRL fans are urged to give the car the boot and take advantage of extra public transport services running for this Saturday’s footy finals at Moore Park and Sydney Olympic Park.
The Sydney Swans take on the GWS Giants in an AFL Elimination Final at the SCG at 4:20pm, before the Roosters host the Sharks in an NRL Qualifying Final at Allianz Stadium at 7:40pm.
Up to 80,000 fans are expected in the precinct, and it will be particularly busy around 7pm when AFL fans are leaving while NRL supporters are arriving.
“With so many people going to Moore Park, limited parking available and heavy traffic in the area, public transport is the best way to travel,” a Transport Management Centre spokesperson said.
Dedicated Moore Park shuttle buses will be running from Central and Circular Quay for each match. Services for the AFL will start leaving Central and Circular Quay at 1:35pm, while buses for the NRL will start at 6pm.
Buses will be heading back to Central and Circular Quay from Moore Park between 6pm and 8:05pm after the AFL, and back to Central and Circular Quay between 9:30pm and 11:15pm after the NRL.
Tickets to the NRL include travel on these buses as well as trains (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations). AFL fans will need to use their Opal card to travel on public transport.
Trackwork is planned for the T1 Western Line (between Blacktown and Emu Plains), T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line (between Central and Bondi Junction) and Blue Mountains Line (between Blacktown and Lithgow) and may affect travel this weekend.
“We understand how inconvenient it is for customers when trackwork, which is often scheduled years in advance, overlaps with major events,” Coordinator General, Transport for NSW Marg Prendergast said.
“Unfortunately this essential trackwork cannot be rescheduled, however, rail replacement buses will be in operation to keep people moving and we ask customers to allow extra time for their journeys and plan ahead at transportnsw.info.
“Another option for getting to Moore Park is to walk from Central Station via Devonshire Street or Foveaux Street and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway, which takes about 25 to 30 minutes.”
Significant traffic delays are expected on roads approaching the area including the Eastern Distributor, Anzac Parade, Oxford Street, Flinders Street, South Dowling Street, Cleveland Street, Dacey Avenue, Lang Road and Moore Park Road.
Special event clearways will also be in place from 1pm until midnight.
“If you still decide to drive, be aware that parking will fill quickly so you’ll need plenty of time to find somewhere to leave the car. Aim to arrive early, carpool if you can and check the signs as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies,” a TMC spokesperson said.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com.