Grand Final transport information

Tributes to Rugby League heroes, the hottest acts in Australian music, the rising stars of the game and the spectacular site of the Telstra Child Flight helicopter delivering the Telstra Premiership Trophy are just some of the incentives for fans to arrive early for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.<br><br>With a sell-out crowd of more than 82,000 fans set to converge on ANZ Stadium for the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, today encouraged all members and fans to beat the rush and enjoy the game-day festivities.<br><br>“This has been the biggest week ever of Grand Final celebrations and that fun and excitement will continue from the moment the gates open on Sunday,” Mr Gallop said.<br><br>“The Grand Final between the Dragons and Roosters is going to be an enthralling clash and I would urge all members and fans to get to the game early and enjoy the pre-game matches and entertainment that make Grand Final day such a special event.”&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Gates open at 11.30am ahead of the kick-off to the NSW Cup Grand Final between Windsor and Canterbury-Bankstown with the Toyota Cup Grand Final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and New Zealand Warriors at 2pm.<br><br>Legendary Australian rock band You Am I will headline a pre-game show that will also feature Jessica Mauboy, Australian dance act Justice Crew, an ensemble of the Sydney Children's Choir, the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir and the Glebe Public School Choir, a tribute to the NRL’s retiring players and Telstra Child Flight and Blackhawk helicopters.<br><br>The 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will kick-off at 5pm.<br><br>All tickets to the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final game at ANZ Stadium include entry and travel on public transport - to and from the game - on CityRail, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular Sydney Buses, Liverpool to Parramatta T-way Buses and Sydney Ferries.<br><br>Fans are reminded to keep their tickets for the return journey home, as customers must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport. <br><br>Please note that an additional access fee applies for travel from the airport stations to the city, which will require a separate ticket.<br><br>The following transports services will be available:<br><b><br>Trains</b><br>The closest CityRail station to ANZ Stadium is Olympic Park Station.<br><br>Direct services between Central and Olympic Park Station operate every 8-15 minutes from 11.42am until 5pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield.<br><br>Direct Blacktown to Olympic Park services operate every 10 minutes from 12.28pm until 5pm, stopping at Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville and Lidcombe.<br><br>Five South Coast Line services depart from Kiama at 9.24am, 10.31am, 11.28am, 12.30pm and 1.23pm. <br><br>Customers travelling from other locations should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for a connecting service to Olympic Park Station, operating every 10 minutes from 7.10am.<br><br>Some areas (Illawarra Line, Bankstown Line, Airport &amp; East Hills Line and Northern Line) are also serviced by Sydney Olympic Park Major Events Buses, which provide direct services to and from Sydney Olympic Park.<br><br>Please note that, due to trackwork, buses replace trains between Wollongong and Waterfall. Buses do not operate to the train timetable. Trains operating between Bomaderry (Nowra), Kiama, Dapto, Port Kembla and Wollongong will run to an amended timetable. Please allow additional journey time.<br><br>Suburban trains operating between Bondi Junction/Martin Place and Waterfall with some additional services timetabled.<br><br>Getting home: Remember to keep your ticket safe for your return journey, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.<br><br>Services from Olympic Park are operating every 10 minutes to Blacktown Station after the completion of the game stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills and Blacktown. These services operate until 9.30pm. Customers travelling after 9.30pm should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for a connecting service.<br><br>Direct services from Olympic Park to Central Station are operating every 5-10 minutes until 9.30pm, stopping at Strathfield and Redfern.<br><br>Two additional Inner West Line services depart Strathfield Station at 7.38pm and 8.07pm stopping at all stations to Central.<br><br>Two additional South Line services depart Lidcombe Station at 7.38pm and 8.07pm stopping at all stations to Campbelltown.<br><br>Five additional South Coast Line services depart from Central Station at 7.40pm, 8.10pm, 8.37pm, 9.10pm and 9.40pm.<br><br>For timetable information visit <a href="www.cityrail.info/timetables/">www.cityrail.info/timetables/</a><br><br>Important trackwork information: Buses are replacing trains on the following lines:<br><br>South Coast Line: buses replace trains between Wollongong and Waterfall. On Sunday 3 October, selected trains will operate between South Coast stations and Central.<br><br>Western Line: buses replace trains between Richmond and Blacktown.<br><br>For trackwork information visit <a href="www.cityrail.info/service_updates/trackwork/">www.cityrail.info/service_updates/trackwork/</a><br><br>Use the 131 500 Trip Planner to help plan your journey. It will give you up-to-date train and bus timetable information. <br><br><b>Buses</b><br>Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus services are operating on all 12 major event bus routes across Sydney starting between 10.36am and 11.31am (depending on the route). <br><br>Bus services will depart Sydney Olympic Park after the game, with the last service departing at 8.45pm. Scheduled wheelchair accessible buses operate on every route.<br><br>Sydney Buses is operating a normal Sunday timetable. Route 525 operates between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.<br><br><b>Ferries</b><br>Sydney Ferries is operating to a normal Sunday timetable to and from Sydney Olympic Park. If ferry services reach capacity, please consider train services which regularly depart from Circular Quay Station.<br><br>The last services to depart Sydney Olympic Park Wharf to Circular Quay on this date are the 7pm (all stops) and 7.07pm (express) service.<br><br>Sunday is one of the busiest times for ferry services so plan ahead, arrive early and allow plenty of time to travel.<br><br><b>Road Services</b><br>Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) may close some local roads, but access to businesses and residences will be maintained. For more details please check: <a href="www.sydneyolympicpark.nsw.gov.au/visiting/transport">www.sydneyolympicpark.nsw.gov.au/visiting/transport</a>.<br><br>For other special event traffic information and live traffic reports please visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au/newsevents/index.html<br><br><b>Taxi Services</b><br>A secure taxi rank will operate in Herb Elliott Avenue near Park Street.<br><br>Please check <a href="www.nswtaxi.org.au">www.nswtaxi.org.au</a> for full details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area.<br><br><b>Parking</b><br>Parking is subject to availability at Sydney Olympic Park. You must pre-book to guarantee a parking space. Parking tickets can be purchased through Ticketek on 132 849.<br><br><b>Wheelchair Accessibility</b><br>Customers requiring wheelchair accessible transport through areas affected by trackwork, should contact their local station prior to departure to arrange a low floor bus or other suitable vehicle. Please allow additional time if you require this service.<br><br>CityRail: Central, Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown, Granville, Auburn, Seven Hills, Westmead, Auburn, Lidcombe and Olympic Park station are all wheelchair accessible.<br><br>Sydney Buses: 59% of State Transit’s fleet are now wheelchair accessible, and each new bus introduced into the fleet will increase the number of wheelchair accessible buses. <br><br>Sydney Ferries: The entire Sydney Ferries fleet is wheelchair accessible via the 23 wheelchair accessible ferry wharves (pending tidal and safety conditions) <br><br>Liverpool Parramatta T-way Buses: All T-way bus services are low floor wheelchair accessible.<br><br>For further transport information go to <a href="www.131500.info">www.131500.info</a> or call 131 500.