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Origin fans urged to utilise public transport for Newcastle blockbuster

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If you’re one of the 30,000-plus fans heading to McDonald Jones Stadium on Thursday night, NSW TrainLink has some sage advice.

Utilise public transport on 6 June… is the top tip.

With the Women’s State of Origin clash between the NSW Sky Blues and Queensland Maroons a sell-out, supporters are being urged to plan ahead.

NSW TrainLink chief executive Dale Merrick said public transport was the most convenient option to get to the game at Broadmeadow, despite some rail trackwork from 8.40pm that will impact homeward journeys.

“We encourage spectators to arrive early and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere,” he stated.

“Kick-off is at 7.45pm, which means fans will head to the match during the evening peak when public transport and roads are busy.

“Extra trains, buses and frequent ferries will run throughout the day to help get crowds to and from the stadium.

“While there’s planned weeknight trackwork taking place on the Central Coast and Newcastle Line on the same night, buses will replace trains from 8.40pm between Newcastle Interchange and Gosford.

“To help people get home, we’ve organised two dedicated trains to run from Broadmeadow to Newcastle Interchange and Central afterwards.”

For customers travelling to Newcastle, there will be a train which departs from Broadmeadow at 10.07pm with the first stop being Newcastle Interchange.

For those heading towards Gosford and the city, a service will leave Broadmeadow at 10.36pm, stopping at all stations to Berowra, Hornsby, Epping, Strathfield and Central.

Ferry services are extended from 11pm to midnight, too.

Mr Merrick said motorists should allow extra travel time as well.

“Traffic will be heavier than usual as supporters travel to and from the match on roads surrounding the stadium including Turton Road, Griffiths Road, Newcastle Road, Lambton Road and Bridges Road through Broadmeadow,” he explained.

“Attendees can also catch one of the five free shuttle bus services to and from the game.

“They will run at regular intervals from two hours prior to kick-off from selected bus stops along the route.

“Return services will continue for about 30 minutes after full-time.

“We want to ensure footy fans have the best time… and a simple journey getting there and home.”

There will be a number of free shuttles running at the following locations:

  • Stadium shuttle 1 – Newcastle CBD with stops at Queens Wharf, King Street at Bolton Street, Civic Park, Marketown and Tudor Street at Beaumont Street. Note: the stadium shuttle 1 will turn left onto Tudor Street from Parry Street and stop at Tudor Street at Beaumont Street
  • Stadium shuttle 2 – Charlestown/Belmont with stops at Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara. Two services will start from Belmont on the Pacific Highway at Macquarie Street, also stopping on Pacific Highway at Groves Road
  • Stadium shuttle 3 – Glendale with stops at Stockland Glendale, Cardiff Station and Lookout Road at McCaffrey Drive
  • Stadium shuttle 4 – Wallsend with stops at Wallsend Village, Newcastle Road at Blue Gum Road and Newcastle Road at Dent Street
  • Stadium shuttle 5 – Mayfield with stops at Wests Mayfield, Mayfield shops, Waratah Station and Waratah Village

Mr Merrick said while Transport for NSW did its best to plan around it, with major events every weekend, unfortunately there were always going to see some clashes with essential planned trackwork.

“Sydney Trains assesses crowd attendance and rail share data when planning trackwork and uses that data to plan alternative bussing,” he added.

For more information on additional public transport services for the event, visit transportnsw.info.  

For real-time updates on roads and traffic conditions, go to livetraffic.com. 

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