NEWCASTLE lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes has urged those planning to pay their respects at Nobbys dawn service on Anzac Day to plan their trips early to avoid the disruptions across the inner city.
The council’s park and ride service between Broadmeadow and Newcastle will run free on Anzac Day for the Nobbys dawn service, the council announced on Friday.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes urged residents to use the service to make their way to the biggest dawn service in Australian outside Canberra without headaches.
"Anzac Day 2018 marks the end of the Centenary of Anzac and we expect that will attract large numbers to both the Dawn Service and march, so it's very important to plan how to get into the city this year and bear in mind the disruption,” Cr Nelmes said.
"I commend Keolis Downer for putting on the service to ensure the event runs smoothly."
The park and ride will run between the stadium and Queens Wharf every five to 10 minutes between 3.30am and 12.30pm on Anzac Day.
Keolis Downer Hunter general manager Mark Dunlop said there would be minor changes to services during the march on King Street, with buses taking Honeysuckle Drive and Wharf Road between 9am and 1pm.
Ferries from Stockton will run every 15 minutes from 3.30am on the day, while veterans can book free taxis for the march by calling 4940 5955 before 2pm on April 23.
Newcastle’s Chief Inspector Gerard Lawson said crowds that had reached towards 50,000 in past years created significant congestion.
"We anticipate that the loss of Hunter Street as a traffic corridor will further impact congestion and travel times and therefore recommend that people consider using the public transport and Park and Ride options that have been planned to ensure the minimum of delay to their travel,” Chief Inspector Lawson said.
Park and Ride and bus details:
What: Park and ride service operating from McDonald Jones Stadium to Queens Wharf return
When: 3.30am to 12.30pm every five to 10 minutes
Drop off and city departure area: Wharf Rd west of Queens Wharf Brewery
Additional dawn service bus routes from 3.15am to 4am and 6.10am to 6.35am
Departures from Glendale 3.30am, 3.40am, 3.45am and 3.50am
Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 620am, 6.25am and 6.35am
Departures from Jesmond 3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am, 6.35am
Departures from Wallsend continues to Queens Wharf 3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am and 4am
Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am, 6.35am
ANZAC special event service departing Swansea Heads
Service to operate via Belmont, Jewells, Charlestown then Adamstown to Queens Wharf
Departing Swansea 3.20am, 3.30am, 6.25am and 3.40am
Departing Queen Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am and 6.35am
Customers to plan their trip or find out more about public transport on Anzac Day by visiting newcastletransport.info or by calling 131500
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