Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine
Extra Transport Services For Melbourne Cup Carnival
Victor P Taffa
Hundreds of train and tram services have been scheduled to get racegoers to and from the track during the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said up to 250,000 people are expected to use public transport to travel to Flemington throughout the eight day Carnival.
“The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the climax of Victoria’s world famous Spring Racing calendar and early ticket sales suggest that this Carnival will be one of the biggest and best on record.” Dr. Napthine said.
“The Melbourne Cup Carnival period is traditionally one of the busiest times for public transport, and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) the Victoria Racing Club, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Metro and Yarra Trams have spent months planning extra transport for racegoers.”
“During the Carnival there will be additional trains running from the city to the racecourse and a direct bus service from Flemington to Footscray Railway Station for those travelling to the western suburbs.”
“There will also be additional trams on route 29 between stop 1 and Flemington Racecourse (stop 29).”
“I encourage people who are attending any of the Melbourne Cup Carnival events to begin planning their transport now to ensure they have a safe journey to and from Flemington racecourse.” Dr. Napthine said.
Public Transport Victoria’s Director of Customer Service Alan Fedda encouraged infrequent public transport users to pre-purchase a Myki in preparation for travelling to the races, with Metcard sales now limited to on-board trams and buses.
“Buying a myki is easy, with cards on sale at nearly 800 retailers, including 7-11 convenience stores and all premium train stations across Melbourne.” Mr. Fedda said.
“Public transport services are likely to be busy, and customers may not be able to catch the first train, tram or bus that arrives, but we ask them to be patient and another will be along shortly.”
“We ask people to leave the racing to the jockeys and be patient on their travel to and from Flemington.” Mr. Fedda said.
Customers travelling with a myki will only pay the weekend and public holiday rate of just $3.30 on Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Stakes Day.
“Plenty of customer service staff will be on-hand to assist people at major stops and stations.” Mr. Fedda said.
Racegoers can plan their journey to the races by visiting www.ptv.vic.gov.au or by calling Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.