How major train disruptions and vast Vivid crowds will plunge Sydney into chaos this long weekend: See which lines are affected
- Biggest crowds ever expected for Vivid
- Significant disruptions due to train trackwork
Sydney commuters have been advised to plan ahead with major track work and rail disruptions set to coincide with Vivid’s biggest crowds yet.
Festival organisers are expecting this long weekend to be the busiest ever, with record-breaking crowd numbers to descend on the city’s CBD and surrounds.
There are also warnings for significant train disruptions as Sydney’s rail network repair plan continues.
More than 60 ‘high-priority defects’ will be removed with 150 kilometres of track undergoing repairs, with trackwork planned to go ahead on a number of lines between 2am on Saturday, June 10 and 2am on Tuesday, June 13.
Vivid is expected to draw the busiest crowds festival organisers have ever seen this weekend
Some lines will only be impacted from 2am to 4am on Saturday and Sunday.
Limited services will stop and allow passengers to disembark at Circular Quay station due to large crowds on Saturday night and Sunday with passengers advised to use Wynyard, Martin Place or St James stations instead and walk to the festival.
Buses and light rail services will not run to Circular Quay on Friday nights from 6pm and on weekends from 5pm.
Light rail services will instead terminate at Town Hall and buses will be redirected to Martin Place.
Transport for NSW has also warned train replacement buses may be affected by driver shortages.
Ongoing track works and train delays have already seen festival-goers stranded at stations around the CBD (pictured this week)
Ferry passengers are also being urged to arrive early and plan ahead with large crowds expected.
Transport for NSW says it would work hard to minimise the impact on passengers by focusing on ‘quieter sections of the network and outside peak periods’.
‘To help people get to and from Vivid, additional services into the city are running on the T2, T4 and T8 lines,’ the trackwork alert read.
‘There’s also extra capacity for trains coming into the city from the Blue Mountains and South Coast.’
Which train lines are affected
The following lines will undergo trackwork over the weekend.
Central Coast and Newcastle Line:
Buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange and Hornsby.
Trains run to a changed timetable between Hornsby and the city via the T1 North Shore Line.
T1 North Shore Line:
Buses replace trains between Berowra and Hornsby.
Trains run between Hornsby and the city to a changed timetable.
T1 Western Line:
Richmond trains run between Richmond and Olympic Park only.
Passengers can change at Parramatta for trains towards the city.
Trackwork is expected to cause significant disruptions this weekend, with 150km of rail line undergoing repairs between 2am on Saturday, June 10 and 2am on Tuesday, June 13
T9 Northern Line:
Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Strathfield.
Trains run to a changed timetable between Strathfield and the city, and between Hornsby and the city via the T1 North Shore Line.
Blue Mountains Line:
From 2am on Saturday, June 10 to 10pm on Monday, June 12, most trains run between Blue Mountains Line stations and Blacktown only, some to a changed timetable.
Bathurst trains start and end at Strathfield.
From 4am to 6am on Saturday and Sunday, trains will not run on the City Circle or between Wynyard and Central.