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Hunter Tay Tay fans need to plan Swiftly for Sydney shows

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If you’re travelling by public transport from the Hunter this weekend to see pop princess Taylor Swift in Sydney, plan ahead.

That’s the advice from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) as essential Rail Repair Plan trackwork continues, forcing buses to replace trains between the Newcastle Interchange and Wyong from 1.20pm on Friday 23 February until 2am on Tuesday 27 February.

Twelve coaches will operate on an “as directed” timetable, providing a connection to rail services.

Additional staff is scheduled to be on the ground to regulate bus movements and assist passengers. 

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

“This trackwork was planned 12 months in advance.

“We estimate up to 500 ticketholders will travel from the Hunter and Upper Central Coast to each Taylor Swift concert.

“So, we’ve put extensive preparation into this with extra bus services supplying a regular service from Newcastle to Wyong.

“The trackwork affecting the rail line this weekend is due to important repair and maintenance work to several bridges that are critical for rail freight services.

“Unfortunately, it was not possible to change the work program.

“It is also 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.

“Station employees will have bottled water at key locations for those in need.”

Travel on all modes of public transport is included in your Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour concert ticket.

More than 700 extra train and 550 additional bus services will operate across the four nights to help event-goers travel to and from Sydney Olympic Park.

“It’s going to be extremely busy on the roads and public transport with more than 75,000 ticketholders expected to attend each concert,” Mr Longland said.

“Passengers are encouraged to allow extra travel time and plan ahead by visiting transportnsw.info or using trip planning apps.”

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