Happy New Year


Story appeared in: Review | December 28th, 2017



The easiest way to travel to the Sydney CBD and Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve is on public transport, as significant road closures and clearways mean the city will be no place for cars.
Over a million people are expected to flock to vantage points along the harbour foreshore for the family fireworks at 9pm and the midnight fireworks.
"More than 4,500 extra public transport services will be running to and from the city to help get crowds to celebrations and then home again", a spokesperson for the Transport Management Centre said.
"Popular spots across the CBD such as Dawes Point and Observatory Hill Park offer some of the best views of Sydney's iconic fireworks – so don't get stuck on the road, leave the car at home and take up one of the many extra public transport services available."
Road closures will be in place in the CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Pyrmont, Milsons Point and North Sydney, with some roads closing as early as 4am.
Major closures include the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge during the fireworks. Other closures will come into effect earlier in the day, including the Cahill Expressway Circular Quay Overpass at 11am and roads in The Rocks and Circular Quay from 2pm.
From 7pm, the majority of city roads will be closed including all roads north of Liverpool Street and at 11pm, all roads north of Goulburn Street will be closed.
The Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor will close citybound from 8:30pm until 9:30pm and again between 11:30pm and 1:30am, while from 11pm until 1:30am, the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed in both directions.
Key roads will reopen from 1:30am New Year's Day however most roads remain closed until 4am so anyone who still decides to drive should plan ahead. Motorists will be unable to leave carparks while roads are closed.
Special event clearways will be in place from 6am New Year's Eve until 4am New Year's Day on almost all roads in the CBD and on key roads in Pyrmont. There will also be clearways in place from 2am until 4am on Macquarie Street, north of Bridge Street.
Over 1,000 extra trains will run to the city on most lines throughout the day, as well as early on New Year's Day after the fireworks.
More than 3,500 extra bus services will also run on all major corridors into and out of the city. From 2pm, many buses will be diverting and using temporary terminals due to the road closures.
Ferries are extremely popular on New Year's Eve, with long queues expected at wharves and services reaching capacity early.
"Anyone thinking about catching a ferry should have a back-up plan and consider catching one of the many extra trains or buses instead".
Ferries will stop running to and from Circular Quay from around 5pm, and from 8pm, no ferries will be running as there will be an exclusion zone on the harbour until 12:45am. Some ferry services may stop running as early as 4:25pm.
After the midnight fireworks, only a limited number of return ferries will run to Mosman, Neutral Bay, Woolwich and Manly.
Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour precinct, with a number of stops within walking distance however these services will also be busy.
"You'll need to use your Opal card when boarding public transport. It's a good idea to top up your Opal card in advance, as long queues are expected at top up machines on the night".
Many other celebrations will be taking place in various suburbs across Sydney, resulting in local road closures and special event clearways. Check www.livetraffic.com for details and maps.
"New Year's Eve is always a big a night, so it's best to plan ahead at sydneynewyearseve.com. Try to get to the city early to secure your spot. After the fireworks, allow plenty of extra travel time getting home or leave a little later if you can as large crowds will be leaving around the same time".
GETTING TO THE FIREWORKS
TRAIN
• Extra trains will run to the city throughout the day on most lines, with frequent trains to the Sydney CBD and to Milsons Point/North Sydney from 2pm.
• From 5pm until midnight, passengers will be unable to get off the train at Circular Quay. Catch the train to Wynyard, St James or Martin Place instead.
• From 6pm until midnight, passengers travelling on citybound trains on the T1 North Shore Line will be unable to get off the train at Milson Point and will need to get off at North Sydney instead.
• There is planned trackwork scheduled on the T1 North Shore and Northern Line and Central Coast & Newcastle Line from Friday 29 December until midday Sunday 31 December where buses will replace trains.
• Services will resume from midday New Year's Eve for New Year's celebrations. From midday on Monday 1 January 2018, trackwork will resume on these lines.
BUS
• Extra buses will run on all major corridors into the city.
• While roads are closed, buses in the Sydney CBD and North Sydney will be diverting and using temporary stops.
• From 2pm until 6pm, buses that normally run to Circular Quay will end and start at Martin Place instead.
• From 6pm until 4am, all buses in the Sydney CBD will be relocated and will operate out of terminals located at Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall.
• In North Sydney from 3pm until 3am, buses will be using temporary stops on Miller St and Pacific Hwy while roads are closed.
• While the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed from 11pm, buses that normally travel over the bridge (including B-Line buses) will terminate at North Sydney until 1am.
FERRY
• Ferries are very popular on New Year's Eve and will fill up quickly, so it's important to have a back-up plan. Consider catching a train or bus instead.
• From 5pm, ferries will stop running to Circular Quay. From 8pm, no ferries will be running until 12:45am due to an exclusion zone on the harbour. Some ferries will stop running as early as 4:25pm.
• Birchgrove Wharf is closed for upgrade work until March next year.
LIGHT RAIL
• Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour precinct, with a number of stops within walking distance including The Star, Pyrmont Bay, Convention and Exhibition Centre
• Services will run around every eight to 10 minutes from 6am on New Year's Eve. GETTING HOME AFTER THE FIREWORKS
TRAIN
• Plenty of late night services will run from the city and lower North Shore on most lines.
• It may be different going back to a train station due to road closures so plan ahead and
follow the wayfinding signage and direction of staff on the ground.
• Between 1am and 5am, trains leaving Central will not stop at Domestic Airport and
International Airport stations as Sydney Airport is closed during this time
BUS
• Extra buses will run out of the Sydney CBD on major corridors.
• Some buses will be using temporary stops and diverting until 4am New Year's Day.
All buses in the Sydney CBD will be relocated and will operate out of terminals located at Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall. Access to all bus stops near Wynyard is via King Street only until 4am. In North Sydney until 3am, buses will be using temporary stops on Miller St and Pacific Hwy while roads are closed.
• While the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed, buses that normally travel over the bridge will run from North Sydney instead.
FERRY
• A limited number of ferries will run from Circular Quay to Mosman, Neutral Bay, Woolwich and Mosman. Long queues are expected at wharves and ferries will quickly so have a back-up plan.
LIGHT RAIL
• Services will run around every eight to 10 minutes until 4am. These services will be busy so have a back-up plan and consider walking to Central or Town Hall from Darling Harbour.
• From 4:30am, buses will be replacing light rail services. LOCAL ROAD CLOSURES
Northern Suburbs: Roads will be closed in North Sydney, Milsons Point, Kirribilli, Mosman, Dee Why, Greenwich and Manly. Key closures include Blue Street, sections of the Pacific Highway, Miller Street, Bradleys Head Road, Athol Wharf Road, Belgrave Street and The Strand. Most main closures start around 3pm and some roads will stay closed until 3am New Year's Day.
Inner West: A number of local roads will be closed in Balmain, Rozelle, Birchgrove, Drummoyne including Darling Street, Mullens Street, Evans Street and other roads off Victoria Road from 3pm. These roads will stay closed until at least 12:30am. There will also be some closures in Hunters Hill.
Eastern Suburbs: Bondi Road will be closed between Council Street and Old South Head Road in Bondi Junction from 8:30pm until 9:30pm and again from 11:30pm until 1am. From 3pm, there will be no vehicle access to Potts Point, Point Piper, Darling Point and Vaucluse. In Coogee, sections of Arden Street, Dolphin Street, Coogee Bay Road, Brook Street and other local roads will be closed from 6pm until 10pm.
Brighton-Le-Sands: A section of The Grand Parade will be closed from 4pm. Other key closures include Bay Street and General Holmes Drive. Roads will reopen by 10:30pm.



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