There is nothing worse than trundling into the city in the early evening on New Year’s Eve, your heart buzzing with promise, your head swimming in half a bottle of wine, only to find your journey blocked by barricades, police, and huge signs instructing of road closures, and detours that involve travelling via Wollongong.
In short: be prepared.
The City of Sydney have released a list of all the road closures, parking restrictions, bridge you can’t swing from, areas you should move your car from, and all other traffic disruptions in place on January 31.
Major roads closed:
11am Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass.
2pm roads north of Bridge Street in The Rocks and Circular Quay.
7pm major roads north of Liverpool Street.
8.30pm to 9.30pm and 11.30pm to 1.30am Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor citybound.
11pm all roads closed north of Goulburn Street.
11pm to 1.30am Sydney Harbour Bridge
Car parks and street parking:
No vehicles will be able to exit any car parks in the city until police reopen all roads. The road you drove on may be closed after you’ve left your vehicle.
NSW Police will continue to prioritise public safety. Cars driving on closed roads will be stopped and penalties will apply.
Special event clearways will be in place on most roads in the city, Pyrmont and North Sydney. Clearways will be in place between 2am on New Year’s Eve and 4am on New Year’s Day.
Browse through the full list of clearways.
Cycleways and walkways:
Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleways and walkways close from 6pm to 1am southbound and 6pm to 2am northbound.
Western Distributor cycleways close from 4pm to 12.30am between Murray and Pyrmont streets to Cockle Bay Wharf.
Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass cycleways close from 11am to 4am.