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Sydney prepares for biggest transport challenge since Olympic Games

Published: 30 August 2013
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced more than 5,000 extra public transport services will be running during the International Fleet Review in October, with more than 1.7 million visitors expected during the event.
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A series of events will take place across Sydney from Thursday October 3 - 11, with 16 tall ships from around the world sailing into Sydney Harbour on Thursday October 3, followed by more than 40 Australian and international warships the next day.

"It's five weeks until major celebrations start in Sydney to mark 100 years since the first Royal Australian Navy ships entered Sydney Harbour," said Ms Berejiklian, Government spokeswoman for the event.

"This is the biggest transport challenge since the Olympic Games were held in Sydney, and we are working to ensure that customers can get to and from their destinations as easily as possible.

"I really want people to enjoy the festivities during this event, so now is the time to start planning what you want to see and do, and how you plan to get there."

During the celebrations, the best way to travel around Sydney will be by public transport, and we will be strongly encouraging people to leave their cars at home as there will be thousands of additional services running and road closures in place.

On Saturday October 5 hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the shores of Sydney Harbour for a 30 minute Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular.

More than 7000kg of fireworks will be set off from multiple points on the water and around the Sydney Harbour Bridge, along with moving beams of coloured light and image projections on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

"More than 1,100 extra train services and more than 4,000 extra bus services will be added to the timetable over the week-long event, especially on Saturday October 5."

Some of the special services include dedicated buses between Kings Cross station and Garden Island for the Navy Ship Open Days. Tickets to the Navy Ship Open days on Sunday and Monday October 6-7, and for the tall ships, go on sale in early September.

There will also be a dedicated train shuttle between Central and Bondi Junction from 6pm to 2am, from Sunday October 6 to Thursday October 10, to help Sydneysiders and visitors, to move around. Bondi is expected to be a popular destination for the 8,000 sailors visiting.

Eight of the secure taxi ranks in CBD, Darling Harbour and Kings Cross will have their operating hours extended to cater for the additional demand.

"This event will be a major drawcard for Sydney, and is expected to inject more than $50 million into the New South Wales economy while showcasing the city to the world,” said Ms Berejiklian.

"The celebrations are expected to attract more than 1.7 million visitors, with 1.4 million people likely to turn out on the long weekend."

With the Manly Jazz Festival from Saturday to Monday 5-7 October, Epsom Handicap horse racing at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday 5 October, the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 6 October and Parramasala Festival from Friday 4 – Monday 7 October, visitors to Sydney should plan their travel and their visit early to secure their preferred accommodation and enjoy the best that Sydney has to offer.

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