Following is some important information released on Friday by the New South Wales Government and Police on arrangements that will apply to Sydney between September 2 and September 10 which is the period of the APEC meeting in Sydney.
Special slots have been arranged for arriving and departing dignitaries and rehearsals held in order to minimise any delay. There will, however, be the possibility of delays in road traffic to and from the airport as follows:
· Late afternoon or evening of Tuesday, September 4 which is the scheduled arrival time for the US President and Secretary of State with resultant motorcades.
· The evening of Thursday, September 6 and the morning of Friday, September 7 when other visiting leaders are expected to arrive and which will also mean resultant motorcades.
· The late afternoon/evening of Saturday, September 8 when it is anticipated the US delegation will depart.
· From 3.30pm onwards on Sunday, September 9 when it is expected that all dignitaries will depart Australia with resultant motorcades from the Sydney CBD to the airport precinct.
It is recommended by the Government and the Police that departing and arriving passengers wherever possible use public transport (preferably train) to and from the airport.
It is further recommended that if departing passengers opt to use road transportation to the airport at the above times that they consider allowing an additional hour for travel time and departure formalities.
There are extensive arrangements relating to the City of Sydney CBD and vehicle and people movement over the period of APEC.
These arrangements include:
· Changes to laws to allow Police to search persons and vehicles entering into the downtown harbour area exclusion zone.
· An exclusion zone for part of the period during the conference which includes the downtown / Circular Quay / Opera House / Botanical Gardens area and possibly an area surrounding the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
· Freeway/clearway conditions on certain streets and roads which will ban on road parking and will require through traffic to use alternate methods of transiting the city.
· The closure of Circular Quay, Museum and St James railway stations from Friday, 7 September to Sunday, 9 September (re-opening Monday, 10 September).
· Intermittent closure of the Cahill Expressway.
· The following roads will be closed from 8.00pm on Tuesday, 4 September to 6.00am on Friday, 7 September to all but authorised vehicles:
a) Bridge Street between Macquarie Street and Pitt Street
b) Macquarie Street north of Bent Street
c) Phillip Street north of Phillip Lane
d) Albert Street between Phillip Street and Macquarie Street
e) Young Street south of the AMP Centre
f) Loftus Street between the Department of Education building and R**** Place
g) Conservatorium Road between the Cahill Expressway off ramp and Macquarie Street.
· In addition, it is understood that the Cahill Expressway off ramp adjacent to the Conservatorium of Music will be closed for the duration of APEC week.
· From 6.00am Friday, 7 September until 11.00pm Sunday, 9 September the following roads in addition will be closed to all but authorised vehicles:
a) Bridge Street between Pitt Street and George Street
b) Phillip Street between Phillip Lane and Bent Street
c) Pitt Street between R**** Place and Abercrombie Lane
Full details of all arrangements can be obtained by:
· Log on to www.apec2007.org and then click onto Sydney and Leaders Week, and then click on to Bulletin 5.
· Log on to www.rta.nsw.gov.au and click on to News and Special Events.