The end of an era: Free public transport scrapped for the Sydney Royal Easter Show because passengers need to be tracked with their Opal cards for Covid tracing
- Show-goers utilised free public transport in recent years to attend Easter Show
- Covid-19 contact tracing has seen that option scrapped by NSW Government
- Good Friday will see a capped crowd of about 65,000 at Sydney Olympic Park
Free public transport for commuters to the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year has been scrapped.
It will be a blow for many, with thousands of people lapping up the free travel on buses and trains in previous years before heading out to the Olympic Park site in Sydney’s west.
And in a sign of the times, ticket holders will be welcome to drive to the event and pre-pay for parking, according to organisers.
Free public transport to the 2021 Royal Easter Show is off the table due to Covid-19
Free public transport was welcome by many venturing to the Easter Show in previous years
‘The NSW Government needs to be able to contact trace anyone travelling on public transport, which is only possible through the use of Opal and other cards,’ Murray Wilton, the Sydney Royal Easter Show general manager, told The Daily Telegraph.
‘So to meet contact tracing requirements, tickets to the 2021 Show won’t include free public transport.’
Attempts were made to link show tickets to Opal cards but the outcome proved to be too challenging.
Buses and trains will be running from all parts of Sydney to Homebush, but normal commuter costs will apply.
‘There will be no impact to the amount of public transport this year and we’ve been working closely with NSW Transport to ensure that additional transport is provided for patrons coming to the Show,’ Wilton said.
This year will also see capped numbers for the first time at the Homebush site.
Good Friday, traditionally the busiest show day with up to 130,000 people walking through the gates in 2018 alone, will be scaled back dramatically in 2021.
Less than half that figure will be permitted on April 2.
And in a first, show guests can download an app displaying different levels of capacity inside the grounds, with green for low capacity and red confirming full capacity.
Royal Easter Show guests will be welcome to drive to the event and pre-pay for parking
Numbers on busy days such as Good Friday will be capped at around 65,000 dramatically lower than previous years due to the pandemic