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NEWCASTLE 500: Public transport ramps up for Supercars

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Leave the car at home this weekend.

That’s the tip from Transport for NSW as locals and visitors alike prepare to converge on the CBD for the Thrifty Newcastle 500.

Additional train, bus, ferry and light rail services will be in play for the Supercars extravaganza, which starts from Friday 10 March.

“Your ticket to the Newcastle 500 is also your ticket to ride with us, with travel on all modes of public transport included even if you’re travelling from Sydney,” executive director of customer coordination Roger Weeks said.

“There will be extra trains running to help move crowds to and from Newcastle over the three days of the event, including early morning services to get you there for the start of the race and late services so you can stay and enjoy the concerts before heading home.”

The closest station to the Newcastle 500 track is Newcastle Interchange on the Central Coast and Newcastle and Hunter lines.

From there, catch the light rail to Queens Wharf, which is a short walk to the entrance.

Fans can also park at Stockton Wharf and catch the ferry across the harbour to Queens Wharf.

Extra bus services will operate on routes 11, 13 and 14 from Bolton Street across the weekend.

Further services on bus route 12 will also operate between Wallsend and Bolton Street during the event.

From Bolton Street, visitors are able to access Supercars through Gate 2 via the Hunter Street pedestrian bridge, crossing over Watt Street.

Mr Weeks said there would be major changes to road conditions, too.

“There’ll be significant closures and clearways throughout the Newcastle CBD until Monday (13 March),” he explained.

“So, it’s best to avoid driving around the city.

“Motorists should consider parking at the commuter car parks at key stations along the Central Coast and Newcastle Line – including Wyong, Morisset and Fassifern – then continue to Newcastle by train.

“Unlike the 2019 Newcastle 500, a park and ride option from Broadmeadow (McDonald Jones Stadium) to the circuit will not be available this year.”

Racegoers are reminded all trains between Scone, Singleton, Dungog and Maitland will be replaced by coaches on Saturday and Sunday to allow for a frequent train service between Maitland and Newcastle during the event.

Change at Maitland for train services.

For public transport information and bus service changes, visit transportnsw.info and newcastletransport.info.

For road closures, clearways and access information including downloadable maps, go to www.livetraffic.com.  

The on-track action at the Newcastle street circuit begins Friday 10 March, with three practice sessions for Supercars on the opening day ahead of the first race on Saturday 11 March, and a second 250-kilometre feature on Sunday afternoon (12 March).

Newcastle 500 program

Friday 10 March

  • Practice 1: 11.15am-noon
  • Practice 2: 1.45pm-2.30pm
  • Practice 3: 3.50pm-4.35pm

Saturday 11 March

  • Armor All Qualifying – race 1: 11.15am-11.35am
  • Armor All Top 10 Shootout – race 1: 12.35pm-1pm
  • Race 1: 3.20pm-5.20pm

Sunday 12 March

  • Armor All Qualifying – race 2: 11.15am-11.35am
  • Armour All Top 10 Shootout – race 2: 12.35pm-1pm
  • Race 2: 3.20pm-5.20pm

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