Free Trams And More Trains For Massive Grand Final Week

25 September 2016

The Free Tram Zone will be extended and extra Metro and V/Line trains will help footy fans from Victoria and around the country celebrate Grand Final Week in Melbourne.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan joined General Manager – Clubs and AFL Operations Travis Auld today to announce the Free Tram Zone will once again be extended to the MCG from Wednesday 28 September to Grand Final Day on Saturday 1 October.

Services from the city to stops 9, 10 and 11 on Wellington Parade near the MCG will be free, as will services to stops 7a and 7b at Rod Laver Arena and stop 7c at MCG/Hisense Arena.

Last year’s Grand Final Friday holiday was an overwhelming success — with record crowds attending the Grand Final Parade and visitors flocking to our regions to make the most of the long weekend.

With more than 100,000 people expected to fill the MCG, extra Metro and V/Line trains will run on Friday and Saturday.

This includes 27 extra metropolitan train services, more than 180 extra tram services, and more V/Line services to and from Victoria’s major regional centres.

Fares on Grand Final Friday and Saturday will be capped at $6 a day for travel in Zones 1 and 2.

This is also the first year locals and visitors will have access to all night trains, trams and buses to get them home on Friday and Saturday night.

Extra staff will be on hand near the MCG and at Flinders Street Station to help passengers and further information is available at Link or by calling 1800 800 007.

Quotes attributable to Acting Premier Jacinta Allan

“Grand Final Week is one of Australia’s great celebrations with thousands of fans converging on Melbourne from Victoria and interstate for the long weekend.”

“There’ll be more trains, free trams from the city and public transport all night long to get locals and visitors home safer and sooner, whether they’re kicking on after the footy or working late.”

Quotes attributable to General Manager – Clubs and AFL Operations Travis Auld

“Grand Final week is a fantastic time in Melbourne and having the free tram access extended to Yarra Park and the MCG gives everyone the chance to be part of the activities.

“I thank the Victorian Government for again extending the free tram zone from Wednesday to Saturday this week. Fans will be able to visit the Foxtel Footy Festival to enjoy free kids entertainment, the Taste of Football and the Toyota Live Site.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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