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Traffic woes expected around Newy entertainment precinct

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With four big events taking place within Newcastle’s entertainment precinct this weekend, local motorists are being advised to plan ahead.

Heavier than usual traffic is expected around Broadmeadow on Saturday 22 July, with thousands of people set to descend upon three major sporting fixtures, as well as a popular family spectacular.

The Newcastle International Hockey Centre is hosting the NSW State Masters Championships from 7.30am, while Disney on Ice will attract huge crowds at the neighbouring Newcastle Entertainment Centre, with shows at 10am, 2pm and 6pm.

Meanwhile, the Newcastle Basketball Stadium will stage the Falcons’ final home games of the season, from 3pm, with more than 15,000 fans predicted to support the Newcastle Knights for their NRL clash with the Melbourne Storm and the defending premiers’ NRLW opener against the St George Illawarra Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium from 2.45pm.

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW admitted the impact would hit hardest mid-afternoon.

“Traffic will be heavy through Broadmeadow on Turton Road, Griffiths Road, Newcastle Road, Lambton Road and Bridges Road as people travel to and from events,” she said.

“Right-hand turns from Griffiths Road into the Newcastle Entertainment Centre may be restricted, causing delays for some motorists.

“Left-hand turns into the venue won’t be impacted.

“But, there’ll be a 40km/hr speed limit and traffic control in place in the vicinity of the events.

“And, due to the increased pedestrian activity in the area, motorists are reminded to slow down and exercise caution.

“We’re expecting delays, so people need to plan their journeys.

“In addition, planned track work means buses will replace trains between Newcastle Interchange and Wyong from 8pm on Saturday 22 to 5.30am on Sunday 23 July.

“We thank everyone for their patience during this time.”

For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or phone 132 701.

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