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Veterans and serving ADF personnel travel for free on Anzac Day

Thousands are expected to attend this year’s Anzac Day Dawn Service at Martin Place and march along Elizabeth Street in the CBD on Thursday 25 April.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General Howard Collins said public transport, including in regional areas, is free for veterans and serving Australian Defence Force personnel on Anzac Day.

“To honour the brave men and women who have served our country, public transport is free on Thursday 25 April for those in uniform, wearing their medals or with proof of military service, as well as veterans’ families and carers,” Collins said.

“Extra early morning services will run on every rail line, including the T3 Bankstown line, as well as additional metro, bus and light rail services to help those attending the Dawn Service get to Martin Place.

“Services will run to a regular timetable throughout the day for march participants and spectators travelling to and from the CBD.

“With road closures and parking restrictions in place for most of the day, we encourage everyone to plan their trips, leave the car at home and take public transport.

“We advise motorists to avoid driving through the Sydney CBD on Anzac Day, because traffic will be heavy while closures are in place.”

Light rail services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall until 6.15am, while the Dawn Service is held in Martin Place. Buses in the city will also divert and use different stops while roads are closed for the day.

For anyone planning to attend the march, starting at 9am, the closest train stations are Martin Place, St James, Museum and Town Hall. The March will travel along Elizabeth Street from Martin Place to Hyde Park South.

Roads around Martin Place will begin closing from 2am followed by major closures along and surrounding the march route from 6am, including sections of Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Pitt Street, King Street, Market Street, Margaret Street, Hunter Street, O’Connell Street, Gresham Street, Bent Street, Park Street, Bathurst Street, Bligh Street, Phillip Street, Loftus Street and Liverpool Street. Most major roads are due to reopen by 4pm.

Transport for NSW will mark Anzac Day by broadcasting the Last Post at Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink and Sydney Metro stations.

Discounted travel will be available on NSW TrainLink regional services with return travel provided at the price of a single ticket between Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 April inclusive.

Reservations must be booked in advance over the phone on 13 22 32 or in person at selected NSW TrainLink stations and sales agents.

Regular Opal ticketing applies on Anzac Day for customers who are ineligible for free travel and are using public transport to attend other major events, including the races at Royal Randwick.

Footy fans travelling to the annual NRL Roosters v Dragons match at Allianz Stadium in Moore Park have travel on public transport included in their match ticket.

With 40,000 fans expected, ticketholders are encouraged to catch transport with frequent light rail services running before and after the match.

For more information on Anzac Day services and commemorations, visit nsw.gov.au or RSLNSW.org.au

For more information on travel to Anzac Day commemorations and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info

For updates on real-time traffic conditions, including road closures, visit livetraffic.com