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Adele took the stage half an hour late following travel chaos for the second night in a row with thousands of fans struggling to get to Sydney Olympic Park for her concert.
The British songstress had been forced to delay her concert at ANZ Stadium by 45 minutes on Friday night as the venue was only a third full when the show was due to begin at 7.30pm.
But the stadium was almost full when the concert was due to start on Saturday, although the singer didn’t take the stage until 8pm.
‘Did you all get here OK tonight?’ she asked the crowd after performing hit single Hello to the sold-out crowd.
Transport for NSW had urged concert-goers to avoid driving and take public transport – but packed trains, trackworks and gridlocked roads made the journey a nightmare for fans.
The Sydney Olympic car park was fully booked once again and transport authorities warned fans to seek alternative methods when travelling.
But with not enough services running and buses replacing some lines, fans were left feeling like ‘sardines in a can’ on the city’s trains.
Others shared pictures of traffic jams and packed trains, noting that other events being held at Sydney Olympic Park on the same night meant even more congestion.
‘Sydney transport is a joke!!!!! Adele and a music festival all on the same day and the trains are chockers,’ wrote Emily Jade on Facebook on Saturday evening.
Indian stand up comedian Kapil Sharma is performing at the Sports Centre from 7pm and and under-18s festival ‘Your Friends’ is being held at the Sydney Showground.
Catherine Vinters added: ‘Sydney buses failing Ryde again with 200 people waiting to get on the bus to go to @Adele concert.’
Despite this, Transport for NSW urged fans to catch public transport, which is included in the cost of the Adele concert ticket, and allow plenty of time to travel.
Co-ordinator General Marg Prendergast said concert-goers should aim to arrive early as extensive traffic delays were expected and because buses would be replacing several train routes due to works.
This article first appeared on www.themarshalltown.com
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