Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade Public Transport Information

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by StreetCorner
24/02/2010

Special traffic arrangements will be in place and extra transport will be operating for the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night.

This year’s parade will start from a different spot – Whitlam Square at the bottom of Oxford Street at 7.45pm. It will then move up Oxford Street and Flinders Street to Moore Park.

“If you’re going to the parade, leave the car at home and catch public transport,” a spokesperson for the Transport Coordination Group said.

“Many roads will be closed and there will be plenty of extra trains and buses to get people there and home again,” the spokesperson said.

ROADS • Roads in the CBD, Darlinghurst, Moore Park and Surry Hills will start closing from 3pm Saturday

• They will reopen around 4am Sunday

• Special event clearways will be in place from 9am Saturday until 4am Sunday

• These clearways will be enforced so check the signs as vehicles will be towed and fines issued if they are parked in these areas

TRAINS

• St James, Wynyard and Town Hall are the closest railway stations to the new starting point

• Trains will run every 10 minutes between Bondi Junction and Central from 6pm Saturday until 3am Sunday

• Museum Station will be closed from 5pm until midnight with no trains stopping there during this time

• Passengers should also note trackwork means buses will be replacing trains on the:

o Bankstown Line between Liverpool and Bankstown

o Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line between Cronulla and Sutherland

o Inner West Line between between Liverpool and Lidcombe via Regents Park

o South Line between Glenfield and Granville

BUSES

• Extra services will be operating on all major routes into and out of the city from 4pm

• Most Eastern Suburbs buses will be diverted due to the road closures but will start and finish at their usual terminals

FERRIES

• Sydney Ferries is operating to a regular weekend timetable

• Passengers are urged to check the time their last service leaves as some depart before the parade finishes

The best places to watch the parade are along Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Taylor Square. Spectators will not be able to see it from Hyde Park or Liverpool St as in previous years.

“To get a good spot, make sure you get there early. Plan ahead and allow extra time for travel as the parade is expected to attract tens of thousands of spectators, and remember that milk crates are not allowed on public transport,” the spokesperson said.

Motorists should also avoid the city if possible during the parade. If you need to drive into the CBD:

• from the east or west, use William, Park or Cleveland Streets or the Cross City Tunnel

• from the north or south, take the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Eastern Distributor or Western Distributor

For details of road closures and special event clearways, go to www.rta.nsw.gov.au/newsevents/index.html...

For information about public transport or to plan your trip, visit www.131500.com.au or call 131500.


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