Sydney Harbour Bridge to close for Sydney Running Festival


The Sydney Harbour Bridge and other major roads will close on Sunday 18 September for the 20th anniversary of the annual Sydney Running Festival.

Transport for NSW Executive Director Customer Journey Management, Craig Moran, said more than 35,000 people are expected to take part across the Marathon, Half Marathon, Bridge Run and Family Fun Run events on the day.

“The Sydney Harbour Bridge, including all on and off ramps and the Cahill Expressway, as well as other major roads in the CBD, will close from 4am, while roads in Moore Park will close from 5:30am,” Mr Moran said.

“The Sydney Harbour Bridge will reopen about 11am while all other roads will reopen by 1.30pm. We urge motorists to avoid these areas as detours will be in place and traffic will be heavy.

“There will be no direct access between the Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge from 4am until midday while a section of the Western Distributor is closed from Pyrmont. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will remain open but please expect long delays.

“Motorists should postpone travel until after midday or use Gladesville Bridge and Victoria Road if possible.”

The Sydney Running Festival starts at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point between 6am and 9am. Participants will cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and continue through the CBD, Darlinghurst, Moore Park, The Rocks and Pyrmont.

Mr Moran said public transport is the best way to get to the Sydney Running Festival.

“For participants and volunteers, your trip to the event is made even easier with travel on all modes of public transport included in your event registration – just show your race bib or t-shirt to transport staff when boarding services,” Mr Moran said.

“We’ll also run frequent trains and buses, including extra early morning trains stopping at Milsons Point every five to eight minutes between 5am and 9am, as well as extra buses on key routes.

“Residents and motorists should also note that special event clearways will be in effect on roads along and surrounding the 42-kilometre course on Sunday between 1am and 1:30pm. Check signs carefully to avoid being towed, a fee will also apply.”

Major bus diversions will be in place, while L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford light rail services will not run between Circular Quay and Central from the first service until about 11.30am.

Customers are reminded that face masks are mandatory on public transport and in public transport waiting areas.

For details on additional and changed public transport services for the event and to plan your trip, visit

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