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Sydney New Year’s Eve: Road closures, public transport and weather

TRANSPORT bosses are reminding people to catch public transport to Sydney’s CBD and harbour foreshores for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, with major roads closures across the city. More than a million people are expected to line the city’s famous harbour for the extravaganza and this year’s £7 million show features more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects. Here’s what you need to know about getting there and home.

ROAD CLOSURES The Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass closes at 11am, which also includes the Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass cycleways. And transport authorities are also reminding the public to top up your Opal card in advance, to avoid the queues that will develop later in the day.

MORE: 62 PLACES TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS[1] More than 1000 extra trains will run throughout the day and into the early hours of the New Year, but check first as some city stations will be shut due to the crowds in the evening. Circular Quay station will be shut between 5pm and midnight and between 6pm and midnight, citybound trains won’t stop at Milsons Point.

You’ll need to get off the train at North Sydney station and walk to your destination. Domestic Airport and International Airport: Between 1am and 5am on New Year’s Day, trains won’t stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations. Sydney Airport will close during these times.

Other road closures include from 2pm all roads north of Bridge Street in The Rocks and Circular Quay. From 7pm, the majority of the CBD roads will be off limits to motorists, and all roads north of Goulburn Street will be closed. And between 8.30pm to 9.30pm and 11.30pm to 1.30am Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor citybound.

From 11pm to 1:30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge closed in both directions Police are also reminding motorists that no vehicles will be able to exit any car parks in the city until police reopen all roads. The road you drove on may be closed after you’ve left your vehicle.

Sections of the Pacific Hwy and Miller St will also close between 5pm and 8pm. All roads remain closed until 3am on New Year’s Day, 1 January. Local roads into New Year’s Eve hot spots north and south of the city will also start closing from 3pm.

In Balmain, Rozelle, Birchgrove and Drummoyne, residents, buses and taxis will still be able to access roughly 20 closed or partially closed roads, roads, including parts of Darling Street and Evans Street. Sections of several streets in Mosman, Manly, Dee Why and Greenwich will also be blocked off from mid-to-late afternoon. More than 3,500 extra bus services will run throughout the day and night.

Services into and out of the city will run to altered routes. Temporary bus stops are in place from 2pm. BUSES

Key bus changes: From 2pm until 6pm: Circular Quay services will run from Martin Place. From 3pm: Buses in North Sydney will use temporary stops.

While the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed for the midnight fireworks, buses will terminate at North Sydney station. From 6pm until 4am: Many buses will relocate to temporary stops in Hyde Park. Some services will continue to operate from York Street at the QVB.

Access to buses from Wynyard will be via King Street only. FERRIES Ferries will be busy and fill up early on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking to catch a ferry, plan to arrive early and have a plan-B transport option. Key ferry changes: Ferries won’t run to Circular Quay from 5pm.

Remaining ferries stop running from 8pm. After the midnight fireworks, limited ferries run on select lines from 12.45am. SECURE TAXI RANKS

These taxi ranks will be staffed by security guards on New Year’s Eve to help you get home safely: Pyrmont Bridge Road, between Edward and Murray streets, 9pm to 4am. Sussex Street, between King and Market streets, 9pm to 4am.

Liverpool Street, between Wentworth Avenue and Elizabeth Street, 9pm to 4am. Lime Street, 9pm to 11pm and 1.30am to 4am. WEATHER

The most eager spectators will be in for a long wait in mostly pleasant conditions, with forecasters predicting a top of 25C and morning showers to clear in the afternoon and evening.


  1. ^ 62 PLACES TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS (dailytelegraph.com.au)

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