Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced extra bus, train and ferry services to help get 30,000 people to McDonald Jones Stadium for Saturday’s A-League Grand Final.
“The A-League Grand Final is a major event for Newcastle. The NSW Government is providing additional services to get to and from the stadium and helping to ensure the match is safe and enjoyable,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Gates open at 6pm and kick off is at 7.50pm so it makes sense to get to the stadium early and avoid the rush.”
Extra trains will run to Broadmeadow from Telarah on the Hunter Line and from Gosford on the Central Coast and Newcastle Lines from the early afternoon.
For fans coming from Sydney, train services will depart Central as normal.
Fans will be greeted at Broadmeadow by a Newcastle Jets flag flying above the station.
Three extra bus services will run from Swansea and Queens Wharf (via Mayfield) while an extra two will run from Glendale.
Once the final whistle has blown there will be five special trains on standby at Broadmeadow to get fans home from the game and buses ready to depart.
“We’ll be running park and ride services so fans can leave their cars at Customs House in Newcastle, Bunn Street in Wallsend and Westfield Kotara before catching a bus to the stadium every 10 minutes until kick-off and from the end of the game until late,” Mr MacDonald said.
Port Stephens Coaches will also operate buses to and from Newcastle Airport to cater for fans who will be travelling from every state in Australia. Additional shuttle buses will be operating between the airport and Newcastle Interchange at Wickham to support large crowds travelling from interstate over the weekend.
Stockton ferry services have also been extended with the last ferry service to leave Newcastle at 1am on Sunday.
“With additional bus and ferry services and at least an extra 12 train services planned we are confident people will be able to get to the game and enjoy a memorable experience,” Mr MacDonald said.
Pre-booked parking at the stadium is sold out.
Those considering driving to the game are reminded traffic will be heavy on roads approaching the stadium including Turton Road, Lambton Road, Griffiths Road and Young Road.
Young Road between Turton Road and Womboin Road will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 10pm. Buses and taxis will permitted through the closure.
Special Event Clearways will also operate between 3pm and Midnight on both sides of Turton Rd between Griffiths Rd and Lambton Rd.
To find out more information or to plan your journey, visit transportnsw.info or for up to date traffic conditions visit livetraffic.com.