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Late night transport

Kings Cross transport-only trial

To reduce traffic congestion and improve public transport late at night to and from Kings Cross a transport-only zone is being trialled on a section of Bayswater Road from Darlinghurst Road to Ward Avenue, in Potts Point from 9pm to 6am on 3 consecutive Saturday nights:

  • 22 March
  • 29 March
  • 5 April.

Only taxis, buses, emergency vehicles, and resident and business vehicles will have access to Bayswater Road.

The City of Sydney is working with NSW Police, Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and other transport agencies on the transport-only zone trial.

Traffic changes during the trial

  • No entry to Bayswater Road from:
    • Darlinghurst Road, except for buses and taxis
    • Ward Avenue, except for buses, taxis, hire cars and local residents/businesses.
  • Goderich Lane will be temporarily accessible from Kings Cross Road during the trial. Traffic controllers will manage entry at Kings Cross Road and Pennys Lane.
  • To create space for the taxi rank, 2 resident parking spaces will be removed permanently from the western side of Ward Avenue between Bayswater Road and Goderich Lane.
  • 5 resident parking spaces will be permanently added on the southern side of Kings Cross Road between Ward Avenue and Bayswater Road.

One way access from Bayswater Road into Pennys Lane and Kellett Street and access to Bayswater Road Secure car park remains during the trial.

Please note: There is no right turn into Bayswater Road from Ward Avenue, except emergency vehicles. Vehicles wanting to access Bayswater Road from this direction will need to continue along Ward Avenue and turn at the Kings Cross Road roundabout and then come back along Ward Avenue to gain entry at the vehicle control point.

Local resident access

Local residents have been issued vehicle permits for use during the trial.

Alternatively you can present your driver’s licence to gain access.

If you have not received your permit, please contact the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Service Centre.

Traffic impact assessment

A traffic contractor will conduct traffic counts over 3 Saturday nights before and during the trial to determine whether there is any significant change to traffic along surrounding streets.

After the trial local residents will also be able to provide feedback at Sydney Your Say.

The traffic results and residents’ feedback will help the City decide if a transport-only zone pilot program should take place next summer.

Please note: This trial is not related to construction work underway in Bayswater Road from Roslyn Gardens through to Ward Avenue, Rushcutters Bay.


If you have any questions about the trial, please contact:

Libby Harris
Night Time City Senior Project Manager
02 9265 9333


Sydney Your Say

Get home safely in the small hours

Most of Sydney's trains stop running between midnight and 4.30am, however there are alternatives in place to help you get home safely when you're out late.

NightRide buses replace Sydney Trains to most stations across the greater Sydney network and some Sydney Buses routes operate late too.

Taxis are available for hire 24/7 and there are secure taxi ranks all over town. More information is available below.


Many routes in and out of the city operate early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, for customers who like to stay out all night.

NightRide buses

Sydney Trains services are replaced by NightRide bus services after midnight. Most NightRide bus services depart from Town Hall Station (on George Street, near the corner of Bathurst Street), but there are also services from Central Station and Kings Cross.

You can also plan your trip using the Transport for NSW trip planner.

Secure taxi ranks

Secure taxi ranks are staffed by security guards late on Friday and Saturday nights. There are several secure taxi ranks across the City of Sydney. See below for details.

Central Sydney

Alfred Street – close to Circular Quay Station.
George Street – outside the Four Seasons Hotel (on George between Essex and Alfred Streets).
Phillip Street – at Chifley Plaza (on Phillip Street between Bent and Hunter Streets). Operates Friday nights only.
George Street – at World Square (on George Street between Liverpool and Goulburn Streets) on the eastern side.
Park Street– between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street on the northern side.

Darling Harbour/King Street Wharf

Lime Street – at the northern end near King Street Wharf.

The Rocks

Corner Argyle and Harrington Streets – Friday and Saturday nights between 11.30pm and 4am.

Darlinghurst/Surry Hills

Oxford Street – between Riley and Pelican Streets, on the southern/city-bound side.

Kings Cross

Bayswater Road – between Darlinghurst Road and Pennys Lane.
Darlinghurst Road – between intersection of Roslyn Street and  Macleay Street.

Visit the Transport Info website to check the hours of operation and location for each secure taxi rank in NSW.

A map of taxi ranks and secure taxi ranks in the City of Sydney is available on our Taxis page.

Last updated: Monday, 17 March 2014