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Rail transport arrangements for APEC

Posted: Monday 4 June 2007

From 2 to 9 September 2007, the Australian Government will host APEC in Sydney. This is the most significant international economic meeting ever to be held in Australia and will bring together 21 world leaders as well as thousands of delegates, support staff and media.

Hosting the APEC meetings will mean significant dignitary protection and therefore changes will be required to transport and traffic arrangements to ensure a safe and secure event.

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to Sydney residents and businesses and to make only essential changes. However, public transport and traffic arrangements throughout the Sydney CBD will be affected. Most restrictions will apply intermittently, with changes and diversions at their peak on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.

What does this mean for CityRail customers?

The following arrangements will apply during APEC:

Circular Quay, Museum and St James stations closed
From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September inclusive, Circular Quay, Museum and St James stations will be closed. Central, Town Hall, Martin Place and Wynyard stations will continue to operate as normal during this period.


Sunday 2 September to Thursday 6 September

All CityRail services will operate to the normal timetable.

Due to trackwork on the Newcastle & Central Coast Line, buses will replace trains between Wyong and Gosford from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 September. Some direct train services will continue to operate between Newcastle and Central during peak periods, in the peak direction.


Friday 7 September

Sydney suburban services including those to the Sydney CBD

All CityRail suburban services will operate to a Saturday timetable.

Bankstown, Airport & East Hills and South line services will start and terminate at Central Station.

Inner West Line services will start and terminate at North Sydney Station.

Trains that would normally run via Circular Quay will either terminate at Central or run via Town Hall to the North Shore Line.

Intercity and regional services

South Coast Line services will run to a weekday timetable with some changes to arrival and departure times.

Southern Highlands Line services will run to a modified weekday timetable.

Blue Mountains Line services will run to a weekday timetable, with four service cancellations.

Newcastle & Central Coast Line shuttle services between Newcastle and Gosford, and between Newcastle and Morisset will operate to a weekday timetable. Intercity services between Newcastle, Wyong and Central will operate to a weekend timetable with additional services.

Hunter Line services will run to a weekday timetable.


Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September

Sydney suburban services including those to the Sydney CBD

All CityRail suburban services will operate to a weekend timetable.

Bankstown, Airport & East Hills and South line services will start and terminate at Central Station.

Inner West Line services will start and terminate at North Sydney Station.

Trains that would normally run via Circular Quay will either terminate at Central or run via Town Hall to the North Shore Line.

Intercity and regional services

Newcastle & Central Coast, Southern Highlands and Hunter line services will run to a normal weekend timetable.

Due to trackwork on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, buses will replace trains on the South Coast Line between Wollongong and Nowra (Bomaderry). All other services will run to an amended weekend timetable.

Buses will replace trains on the Blue Mountains Line between Katoomba and Penrith.