Public transport is the best option for anyone heading to the Invictus Games in Sydney with plenty of extra services operating to ensure competitors and spectators can get to events on time, safely and reliably.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast said additional trains will run for the duration of the Invictus Games, including express trains between the city and Olympic Park every 30 minutes, and between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes.
“The Invictus Games are a terrific opportunity for our city and our transport network to shine and do our best for a great event,” Ms Prendergast said.
“Along with a fleet of newly-converted, accessible State Transit buses that will take competitors to venues, we have plenty of public transport options available for spectators hoping to cheer on competitors between 20 and 27 October.”
The competition opens this weekend with road cycling through The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens and sailing in Farm Cove on Sydney Harbour. Events move to Sydney Olympic Park on Monday 22 October, and finish with a Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday 27 October.
Ms Prendergast said traffic would be heavy around Circular Quay on Saturday night when the Opening Ceremony (a ticketed event) takes place at the Sydney Opera House. Buses that usually travel to and from Circular Quay will be moving to Martin Place from 5pm until 10pm.
“We’re encouraging people not to drive to events in the Sydney CBD on the opening weekend as changed traffic conditions will be in place,” she said.
“Pink t-shirt wearing customer service staff will be on site to assist visitors and those attending events at the Opera House with trip planning and traffic information.”
Art Gallery Road and Mrs Macquaries Road will be closed from 11pm Saturday 20 October until 9pm Sunday 21 October for the cycling. Parking restrictions will also be in place, and Route 441 buses will start and end their trips at the QVB at Town Hall until roads reopen.
“If you’re going to see the cycling or the sailing, you can take advantage of trains that will be running to the city every 10 to 15 minutes on most lines,” Ms Prendergast said.
“Circular Quay, Martin Place, Town Hall and St James are the closest train stations to the action.”
“Catching the train will also be the easiest and most convenient way to travel to and from Sydney Olympic Park once competition moves there from Monday 22 October.”
Express train services will run between Central and Olympic Park every 30 minutes from 8am until 7:30pm on weekdays. From 8pm until 11pm on weekdays and from 8am until 11pm on weekends, these trains will start from Circular Quay and will also stop at Town Hall.
“If you’re going to the Closing Ceremony, express trains to Olympic Park will leave Central every 30 minutes until 5pm, then every 15 minutes until 7pm. Return services will run every 15 minutes from 9:30pm until 11:30pm.”
“Before heading out, make sure you’ve got your event ticket and your Opal card as you’ll need to tap on and off trains, buses, ferries and light rail.”
Planned trackwork will take place on some train lines during the games and customers are advised to check alerts before heading out.
To plan your trip, visit www.transportnsw.info .
For details of road closures and special event clearways, check www.livetraffic.com .