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Hello, music fans – catch public transport to Adele’s Sydney shows

Transport for NSW today urged fans of superstar Adele to catch public transport and allow plenty of time to travel to her shows at Sydney Olympic Park this week.

A sell-out crowd is going to see Adele at ANZ Stadium on Friday 10 March while around another 90,000 people will be heading there on Saturday 11 March.

Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said concert goers should start planning their trip now, and aim to arrive early as the shows start at 7:30pm and there is no support act.

“We’re expecting extensive traffic delays with so many people heading to Sydney Olympic Park, so the best advice to Adele fans is to travel early so you don’t miss a minute of the show,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Fans going to the Friday night show will need to compete with peak hour traffic, so the best thing to do is avoid driving and catch public transport – your concert ticket includes free travel on public transport.

“We’re running plenty of extra services to get you to the show with frequent trains from Central, Redfern, Strathfield and Lidcombe to Olympic Park, and we’re expecting high demand for Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses.

“Fans going to Saturday night's show need to be aware buses will be replacing T1 Northern Line trains between Hornsby and Strathfield via Epping, T1 North Shore Line trains between Berowra and Gordon, as well as all trains on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Hunter Line.

“We have additional replacement services plus many direct coaches from major stops so public transport is still going to be the best way to get there as traffic will be very heavy around Sydney Olympic Park on both nights.

“If you’re travelling from the Central Coast or Newcastle, please allow at least an extra two to three hours travel time to make sure you don’t miss the start of the show, whether you’re driving or on a replacement bus.”

Sydney Trains Chief Executive, Howard Collins, said this extensive trackwork has been planned years in advance and requires extensive coordination.

“Trackwork like this has to be scheduled years in advance with the majority carried out overnight or on weekends. Unfortunately this major event was organised after the trackwork was already locked in.

“We work closely with event organisers and hosting venues to provide the best possible public transport arrangements for our customers during trackwork.”

Drivers are encouraged not to drive all the way to Sydney Olympic Park and instead choose a large train station car park and catch the train from there.

Those that must drive to Sydney Olympic Park are encouraged to carpool, pre-book parking and allow at least three hours extra travel time.

For the real time traffic and transport information visit www.livetraffic.com, or www.transportnsw.info

Public transport arrangements for Adele’s Sydney shows

Getting to Friday night’s concert:

  • Fans will be travelling to Adele’s first Sydney concert during the very busy Friday afternoon peak.
  • Trains to Olympic Park leave Central every 15 minutes between 5pm and 6pm and then every eight minutes from 6pm. These trains will stop at Redfern and Strathfield.
  • Trains will run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park every 10 minutes.
  • Travelling from Blue Mountains: trains arriving at Central between 6.30pm and 9.30pm will make an additional stop at Lidcombe.
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses will start running between 3pm and 4pm depending on the routes but are expected to fill up quickly so have a back up plan.
  • There will be very long delays on all roads approaching the Sydney Olympic Park precinct including the M4, Homebush Bay Drive, Concord Road, Silverwater Road and Lane Cove Road.

Getting home on Friday night:

  • Trains will leave Olympic Park for Central every five minutes from 10:30pm until 1:30am Saturday.
  • Trains will leave Olympic Park for Blacktown every eight minutes from 10:30pm until 1:30am. Some of these trains will continue onto Penrith and Schofields.
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will start running from 10:45pm, with the last service on each route leaving the precinct at 11.30pm.

Getting to Saturday night’s concert:

  • Trains to Olympic Park will leave Central every eight minutes from 5pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield.
  • Trains to Olympic Park will leave Lidcombe every 10 minutes until 5pm. From 5pm, these trains will start from Blacktown and stop at Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville and Lidcombe.
  • Extensive trackwork means buses are replacing trains between Berowra and Gordon on the T1 North Shore Line, between Hornsby and Strathfield via Epping on the T1 Northern Line and on the entire Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Hunter Line.

Travelling from Newcastle:

Express buses will leave Newcastle for Central every 20 minutes. Catch a direct train from Central to Olympic Park.

Travelling from the Central Coast:

Express buses will leave Wyong and Woy Woy for Central every 15 minutes from 7am and Woy Woy to Central every 20 minutes from 9am. Catch a direct train from Central to Olympic Park.

Travelling from Sydney’s North:

Frequent rail replacement buses will run between Hornsby and Strathfield. Catch a direct train to Olympic Park. Frequent rail replacement buses will also run between Hornsby and Gordon. Catch a T1 North Shore Line train to Central, and change for a direct train to Olympic Park.

If you still decide to drive, park at a large commuter carpark (Gordon) and catch a T1 North Shore Line train to Central then change for a direct train to Olympic Park.

Travelling from Blue Mountains:

Trains arriving at Central between 5.00pm and 9.00pm will make an additional stop at Lidcombe.

Travelling from Sydney’s North West/The Hills:

Park at a large commuter carpark (Seven Hills or Blacktown), and catch a T1 Western Line train to Olympic Park.

Travelling from Sydney’s West:

Frequent trains will run from Blacktown to Olympic Park from 5pm. If you have to drive, park at a large commuter carpark (Blacktown or Seven Hills) and catch a T1 Western Line train.

Travelling from Sydney’s South:

Catch a T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line train to Redfern and change for a direct train to Olympic Park.

Travelling from Sydney’s South West:

Catch a T2 Inner West & South Line train to Lidcombe, and change for a direct train to Olympic Park.

Travelling from Sydney’s East:

Catch a bus or T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line train to Central and change for a direct train to Olympic Park.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses:

  • Major Event buses will start running between 3.30pm and 4.30pm depending on the routes but are expected to fill up quickly so have a back up plan.
  • There will be very long delays on all roads approaching the Olympic Park precinct as well as on other major roads including the Pacific Highway, Gore Hill Freeway, Pennant Hills Road and Lane Cove Road.

Getting home on Saturday night:

  • Trains will run from Olympic Park to Central every five minutes between 10:30pm and 1:30am. These services will stop at Strathfield and Redfern.
  • Trains will also run from Olympic Park to Blacktown around every eight minutes between 10:30pm and 1:30am. These services will stop at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead and Seven Hills.

Travelling to Newcastle:

Catch a train to Central then change for a rail replacement bus. Express buses will leave Central for Newcastle every 30 minutes from 10pm until 5am.

Travelling to the Central Coast:

Catch a train to Central then change for a rail replacement bus. Express buses will leave Central for Woy Woy and Wyong every 30 minutes between 10pm until 5am.

Travelling to Sydney’s North:

Catch a train to Central then change for a T1 North Shore Line train or catch a direct train to Strathfield.

Anyone travelling back to areas affected by trackwork can catch express rail replacement buses:

  • Buses will run every fifteen minutes between Strathfield and Hornsby until 1am.
  • Buses will run every 15 minutes between Gordon and Hornsby until 1.15am.

Travelling to Sydney’s North West/The Hills:

Catch a T1 Western Line train from Olympic Park.

Travelling to Sydney’s West:

Catch a train from Olympic Park to Blacktown then change for a T1 Western Line train to your destination. Some trains continue onto Penrith and Schofields.

Travelling to Sydney’s South:

Catch a train to Redfern then change for a T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line to your destination.

Travelling to Sydney’s South West:

Catch a train to Granville and then change for a T2 South Line train to your destination.

Travelling to Sydney’s Inner West:

Catch a train to Strathfield and change for a T2 Inner West Line train to your destination.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses

Major Event buses will start running from 10:45pm, with the last service on each route leaving the precinct at 11.30pm.

Last updated: 6 March 2017