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Drivers reminded to stay safe with changed traffic conditions for SMH Half Marathon

Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:43:33 AM

Police are reminding motorists to stay safe on the roads and expect delays ahead of the 26th Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.

More than 12,000 people are expected to compete in the event tomorrow (Sunday 21 May 2017).

The race will start at 6.45am on College Street adjacent to St Marys Cathedral and take runners on a 21.1km course via Macquarie Street, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Millers Point and the Western Distributor to Pyrmont, then returns via Sussex and Kent Streets, the Cahill Expressway, Macquarie Street and Royal Botanic Gardens finishing at Hyde Park North.

Major road closures include The Cahill Expressway, sections of the Western Distributor, and roads in the vicinity of Hyde Park, Royal Botanic Gardens and Pyrmont.

Roads will begin closing at 4am with the course completely locked down by 6.45am.

Sydney City Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent David Richards, said the course will be completely locked down by 6.45am and all motorists should obey directions from police and traffic controllers.

“Major roads will begin closing at 4am with the rest of the race route, including College, Macquarie, Sussex, Kent, Bridge, Grosvenor and Harrington Streets as well as sections of George Street and Hickson Road, closing from 5am,” Acting Supt Richards said.

While roads are closed, buses will be diverted and may use temporary stops and some services may experience delays. Allow extra travel time or consider catching a City Circle train instead.

The closest railway station is St James. Visit or call 131 500 for the latest information and to plan your trip on public transport.

“Further closures along George Street are already in place for work on the CBD and South East Light Rail project,” Acting Supt Richards said.

“For anyone who must drive, allow additional travel time as significant delays are expected, particularly if using the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Harbour Tunnel,” Acting Supt Richards said.

Special-event clearways will be in place from 3am to 10.30am, so check signs before parking as vehicles parked in these clearways will be towed and fines apply.

For detailed information about special event road closures and clearways, including road closure maps and detour routes, visit

More information about Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon can be found on the official event website: