PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO THE SYDNEY TEST
Cricket fans are being urged to plan their travel to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the third Test, with capacity still reduced on the public transport network to meet COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said despite fewer fans allowed into the ground, traffic will be heavy around the SCG from Thursday to Monday so ticket holders should travel early to avoid missing the start of play.
“Please avoid travelling to the Moore Park area if you are not going to the cricket, especially around the start and end of play each day, as we are expecting heavy traffic congestion near the SCG,” Mr Constance said
“There will be additional public transport services to help with physical distancing on the network, despite the reduction in Test ticket holder numbers.
“If you have to travel on the network, don’t forget to wear your face mask, sit or stand on a green dot and register your Opal card to help contact tracing.
“Consider walking, cycling or driving instead of using public transport, and use the car parks on the grass at Driver Avenue and at the Entertainment Quarter which are within walking distance of the SCG.
“Additional staff will be in place around transport hubs to help you stay COVID safe and manage crowds, so please be patient, practice physical distancing while waiting in queues and follow the directions of staff.”
Transport for NSW Acting Deputy Secretary for Greater Sydney Howard Collins said trains will be running regularly to Central where fans can change to additional frequent light rail and shuttle bus services on Chalmers Street.
“Queues for light rail and shuttle buses will be lengthy, both before and after the game each day, so please maintain physical distancing while queuing and wear your masks,” Mr Collins said.
“Face masks are mandatory on public transport and will be handed out at both Central and Moore Park, but ticket holders should bring their own as they must also wear them while they are attending the game.
“We’re encouraging all customers on public transport to register their Opal card or check in using a QR code to support the NSW Health tracing team in keeping the community COVID safe.”
L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford light rail services run regularly to Moore Park with additional frequent shuttle services running between Central and Moore Park before play starts and after the match ends each day.
Express shuttle buses will also be running frequently between Central and Moore Park from 7.30am to 11am and returning from 3pm to 7pm each day.
“It is just a 30 minute walk from Central to Moore Park via Devonshire St and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway, which is a great way to avoid the queues and arrive early,” Mr Collins said.
Fans travelling from the North Shore are also reminded that trackwork is taking place on the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Test. Trains on most lines will also be running to a weekend timetable because of this work.
Dedicated shuttle buses will run from North Sydney to the SCG to help fans get to and from the game while the trackwork takes place. These shuttle buses will leave regularly from Walker Street, North Sydney from 7.30am to 10.30am, and return from 3pm to 7pm from Thursday to Sunday.
“Gates open at 8.30am on days 1-3 and at 9.30am on days 4-5 ahead of play starting at 10.30am each day, so we encourage fans to arrive early and allow plenty of time to get into the stadium and find your seats,” Mr Collins said.
“You should also allow plenty of extra travel time, plan ahead and check for service capacity using the Trip Planner at transportnsw.info, the Opal Travel app or a third party transport app.”
NSW Health is continuing to work with the Sydney Cricket Ground to ensure the Test is conducted in a COVID-safe way.
Everyone must wear a mask while they are attending the game.
The following people must not attend the cricket under any circumstances:
- residents of Auburn, Birrong, Berala, Lidcombe, Potts Hill, Regents Park, Rookwood, Wentworthville, Belmore
- residents of the northern zone of the Northern Beaches
- anyone who has been to a venue of concern listed on the NSW Government website
Anyone who attends from these areas is at risk of a $1,000 fine.
NSW Health continues to closely monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19, and will not hesitate to update public health advice accordingly to protect the health and safety of the community.
To protect others, people feeling unwell or suffering even the mildest of symptoms of COVID-19, such as a runny nose or sore throat or fever, should not attend the cricket.
People are also reminded to regularly clean their hands and carry hand sanitiser.