Public Transport The Front Runner To Get People To The Track

30 October 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is putting on more than 1,100 extra train and tram services to help move around 300,000 people to and from the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The best way to get to the carnival will be by public transport, with the extra train and tram services providing fast, safe and frequent transport straight to the track.

The bulk of extra services will be on Melbourne’s train network with more than 1,000 additional services running across Derby, Melbourne Cup, Oaks and Stakes days.

An extra 186 services will be put on for Oaks Day, which will also include regular weekday services.

Trains will depart Flinders Street station every six minutes and at the end of each race day, and trains will leave Flemington every four minutes to get people home again.

Metro has also been completing maintenance and renewal works along the rail line to Flemington, including replacing old timber sleepers with concrete sleepers, improving drainage, and clearing vegetation and graffiti from the station precinct.

An additional 30 tram services will run across the four days with Route 57 trams running every 8-10 minutes between Flinders Street and the racecourse.

V/Line will also provide extra carriages on selected train services across Victoria during each day of the carnival.

During last year’s carnival, 134,651 passengers or 45 per cent of racegoers caught public transport to the four race meets.

For more information on Melbourne Cup Carnival services go to

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne

“Public transport will be the best way to get to this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, with more than 1,100 extra train and tram services running across the four race meets.”

“With trains running every six minutes to Flemington, these extra services will help racegoers enjoy one of the best events on Melbourne’s sporting calendar.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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