The Andrews Labor Government’s hugely popular trial of all night public transport on weekends has been extended until June next year.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan to announce a six month extension to Victoria’s Night Network of trains, trams, buses and regional coaches.
All night public transport will continue to run through Summer and Autumn, ensuring people out for the night or working late continue to have access to public transport on Friday and Saturday nights.
It will allow services to be assessed over a full 12 month period and help organisers plan for the massive line up of events between January and June, including the Australian Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Comedy Festival.
It will also ensure all night public transport is on offer for the start of next year’s footy season, so fans who have kicked on after the game can get home safer and sooner.
To promote Night Network services on offer in the lead up to footy finals, a glow-in-the-dark mural will be on display for Friday night’s clash at the MCG, and Saturday’s match at Etihad Stadium.
An average of 35,000 people use Night Network to get home safer and sooner every weekend – and more than 20 per cent of passengers are shift-workers, in hospitality, essential services or other industries operating overnight.
These workers previously had no choice but to drive or catch a cab home, or wait around for the first service in the morning. Now they can jump on one of 300 overnight train services, 250 tram services or around 500 bus and coach services to get home when their shift ends.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“People will be able to enjoy the world’s most liveable city for longer this summer, and shift workers will continue to have access to the trains, trams and buses they need to get home.”
“Whether you’re kicking on after the footy, heading out for a show or working late on the weekend, Night Network is there to get you home safer and sooner.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan
“We’re the only state in the country that offers all night public transport on weekends, and one of only two cities in the world to offer all night transport across trains, trams and buses.”
“The six-month extension will give us a chance to properly assess the trial over a full year, and give certainty to event organisers and passengers in the lead up to the new year.”
Quotes attributable to AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan
“We encourage our fans to make use of these extended public transport services until Grand Final Day.”
“The services are great not only for our matches, but also for our AFL live site activity which will be situated again in Yarra Park in Grand Final week.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020