South Coast Swifties advised to allow extra travel time


Taylor Swift fans travelling this weekend from the South Coast are urged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time as essential Rail Repair Plan trackwork continues to build a more safe, resilient and reliable network.

Trackwork will take place on the South Coast Line with buses replacing trains between Bomaderry, Kiama and Wollongong.

Fans travelling from the South Coast on Saturday and Sunday will need to catch replacement coaches between Kiama and Bomaderry, and Kiama and Wollongong, to connect with trains from Wollongong to Sydney.

Trains will continue to run between Port Kembla, Wollongong and Central or Bondi Junction.

Sydney Trains Chief Executive Matt Longland said that trackwork is an essential part of maintaining a safe, reliable and resilient rail network and is planned 12 months in advance.

“While we do our best to minimise disruption to passengers, with multiple major events happening every weekend in Sydney, unfortunately some clashes are inevitable,” Mr Longland said.

“We estimate around 200 ticketholders will be travelling from the South Coast to each Taylor Swift concert, and we have put extensive preparation into this with plenty of bus services providing a fast and regular service from Kiama and Bomaderry, and Kiama and Wollongong.

“The trackwork affecting the South Coast line this weekend includes essential maintenance to overhead wiring, signal and track, as well as rail grinding, turnout resurfacing and ongoing accessibility upgrades to Dapto Station.

““It is going to be a warm weekend, so we are asking all passengers to please take care during their journey.

“During extreme heat, bring a water bottle and if you feel unwell ask a member of staff for help. If you are on a train and feel unwell, get off at the next station where you can get help from station staff. Station staff will have bottled water at key locations for passengers in need.

“I want to thank all our passengers for their patience while we work hard to provide the most reliable rail network possible.”

Travel on all modes of public transport is included in your Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour concert ticket – just show your ticket to transport staff when boarding services.

More than 1,200 extra train and bus services will operate across the four nights to help event-goers travel to and from Sydney Olympic Park.

This includes more than 700 extra buses and more than 550 extra trains. It’s going to be extremely busy on the roads and public transport with more than 75,000 ticketholders expected to attend each concert. Passengers are encouraged to allow extra travel time and plan ahead by visiting or using trip planning apps.