Staying in Sydney this long weekend? Plan ahead

28 September 2017

Motorists spending the October long weekend in Sydney are being urged to plan their trip ahead of time.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast said motorists should allow extra travel time as delays are expected around Sydney Airport and Sydney Olympic Park in particular.

Traffic is generally heaviest around the Domestic Terminal between 6am and 9am, and 4pm and 11pm; and around the International Terminal between 6am and 11:30am.

“This long weekend falls in the middle of the school holidays and drivers will face the usual increase in traffic,” Ms Prendergast said.

“It’s important for drivers to factor in the extra time or consider catching the train because the last thing we want is for people to miss a flight because they weren’t prepared.

“For NRL fans heading the Grand Final on Sunday public transport is included in your match ticket and it will be your best, no-fuss option.

“Additional trains will be running to Olympic Park from midday and Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will be running every 5 to 10 minutes depending on the route.”

At Sydney Olympic Park, the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night will attract large crowds with heavy traffic on approaching roads including the M4, Homebush Bay Drive, Parramatta Road, Silverwater Road, Concord Road, Ryde Road and Lane Cove Road.

In the CBD and South East, workers are taking advantage of the quieter period on Sydney’s roads to forge ahead with intersection closures to carry out work for the CBD and South East Light Rail.

Road closures in the CBD will take place from 10pm Friday 29 September to 5am Tuesday 3 October at the following locations:

  • Intersection of George and  Bathurst Streets
  • George Street between Liverpool and Bathurst Streets
  • Bathurst Street between Pitt and Kent Streets.

Road closures in the South East will take place from 10pm Friday 29 September to 5am Tuesday 3 October on the Anzac Parade and Barker Street intersection leading to the following temporary traffic and pedestrian changes:

  • The light rail worksite will extend south into the Anzac Parade and Barker Street intersection, closing Barker Street in the eastbound direction.
  • Southbound traffic on Anzac Parade will not be able to turn right into Barker Street to travel west. Motorists are advised to use Day Avenue instead and then access Houston Road to travel south.
  • ·Eastbound traffic on Barker Street will be closed between Houston Road and Anzac Parade. The through and right-turn traffic on Barker Street will be detoured south along Houston Road and left into Strachan Street. The left-turn traffic on Barker Street will be detoured north via Houston Road, right into Day Avenue. 

“We are charging ahead with light rail construction now so we minimise disruption for businesses, motorists and pedestrians by taking advantage of the holiday period when it’s quieter on the majority of Sydney’s roads,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Construction is on track for services to start in 2019 with over 11km of track laid along the light rail route, and vehicle testing set to start later this year.

“This long weekend, we’ll be undertaking vital utilities works and continuing to lay pavement in the heart of the city where people can already see a significant amount of paving in the ground.”

For the latest traffic updates, including alternate routes, visit or download the Live Traffic NSW App.