Swansea Bridge Opening Times

Weekdays

Swansea Bridge opens on the hour and a booking is required except for the weekend and public holiday times listed below.

At least one hour’s notice is required for weekday bridge openings between 6am and 7pm. If the bridge is required to be opened before 6am or after 7pm then six hours notice is required.

The bridge will not be opened during peak road traffic times on weekdays at 8am and 4pm.

Weekends and public holidays

On weekends and public holidays, Swansea Bridge automatically opens at:

6am
7am
8am
4pm
5pm
6pm
7pm

All other times require one hour’s notice. If the bridge is required to be opened before 6am or after 7pm then six hours notice is required.

To make a Swansea Bridge booking, telephone (02) 4971 3498. Report traffic incidents to the Traffic Management Centre, telephone 131 700.

Opening of the bridge

Please note the following:

All vessel operators are to observe navigation rules when approaching the bridge
The vessel operator must keep a safe distance from the opening bridge and is to wait for a green light before proceeding through the bridge. NSW Water Police will be notified of any serious breaches observed.

The vessels travelling with the direction of tidal flow have priority for passage through the opening span. Exceptions apply. The Bridge Operator shall make announcement over the Public Address system (PA), and a Variable Message Sign shall display “make ready” to indicate vessels that have priority or “keep clear” to indicate vessels that are to wait.

When a flotilla of vessels is using the bridge, the bridge may close after 10 minutes to clear vehicular traffic. After traffic is cleared the bridge will reopen to let the remainder of the flotilla through.

For further information regarding bridge opening times, please click here

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