Weekend 24-hour public transport in Melbourne is now just a year away, as the Andrews Labor Government is working to deliver world class public transport for the world’s most liveable city.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Public Transport Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Mark Wild, to detail exciting changes to public transport within Melbourne and beyond.
From New Year’s Eve 2015, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Homesafe plans, Victorians will be able to get home safely with 24-hour weekend metropolitan trains, backed up by Homesafe Trams and Homesafe Buses.
Regional Victorians will also benefit from these transport changes with a Homesafe Shuttle service offering a 2.00am service from Southern Cross Station to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Traralgon.
From 1 January, 2015 Victorians will also enjoy cheaper public transport with travel between Zones 1 and 2 costing no more than a Zone 1 fare and free travel on trams within the CBD.
The new Free Tram Zone includes the area from Queen Victoria Market across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.
Homesafe will run as a year-long trial from 31 December 2015 and the Andrews Labor Government will review demand and structure the system accordingly. If a success, 24-hour weekend public transport will be continued and expanded where necessary.
For more information on public transport changes visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“A world class 24-hour city like Melbourne needs world class 24-hour public transport and we will make it happen.”
“Victorians already enjoy 24-hour public transport on New Year’s Eve and we want to extend this to all 52 weekends of the year.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is making getting home safer, easier and cheaper.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan
“The Andrews Labor Government will deliver the world-class public transport that Victorians need.’’
“Free trams across the CBD will make the system even easier for people to move around. It’s also great for tourists who’ll be able to travel for free to many of Melbourne’s world class attractions.”
“Additionally, a simpler fare structure across Zones 1 and 2 will save commuters up to $750 a year, putting more money back into the pockets of hard working families.”