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PTV reminds fans to plan ahead

21 Mar 2018

​PTV is reminding passengers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time when heading into, or out of, the city over the next few days as Melbourne gears up for a number of local and international events. 

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Acting CEO Dean Tillotson said PTV had been coordinating with road authorities and event organisers including the AFL, Grand Prix and the Flower and Garden Show to get the thousands of expected visitors where they need to go. 

“Our special events team has been working closely with each of the major event organisers and venues to ensure we have extra services in place." 

“With major upgrade works currently underway on a number of rail lines and major roads, we’re reminding fans and visitors coming into the city that they may need to allow extra time for their journey,” he said.  

Events over the coming days include the Formula 1 Grand Prix, round one of AFL football, the AFLW and NBL Grand Finals, A-League and NRL fixtures, music festivals at Flemington and Hisense Arena and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. 

The return of the men’s AFL competition will see extra train and tram services added across the weekend, starting with the season’s opening match between reigning premiers Richmond and Carlton which is expected to bring 90,000 people to the MCG. 

“With such a large crowd heading to the MCG on a Thursday night families should be aware that they may get home from the footy later than normal on a school night,” said Mr Tillotson.  

“We’re doing everything we can to get people home as quickly as possible after the game with extra trains, trams and buses being put in place.” 

Level Crossing removal works means buses are currently replacing trains on the Hurstbridge line between Clifton Hill and Macleod, and on each night the Cranbourne/Pakenham lines between Caulfield and Westall. Footy fans along these lines are asked to prepare for additional delays of up to 55 minutes for their commute home. 

“With bus replacements on some train lines we’re reminding people heading to the football to plan ahead, allow for extra time and we’ll get you home as quickly as possible.” 

When the Western Bulldogs take on the Brisbane Lions in the AFLW Grand Final at Ikon Park on Saturday, extra trams will operate on Route 19, supported by shuttle buses from Elizabeth Street. 

After the Women’s Grand Final, Brisbane Lions fans will also be able to take public transport from Ikon Park to Etihad Stadium where the men’s team take on St Kilda at 3.35pm. 

Fans heading to the 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, starting Thursday, will get free travel on the GP Express trams servicing the Albert Park track precinct.  

Extra trams on Thursday and Friday, and dedicated GP Express shuttle trams from Flinders Street and Southern Cross station on Saturday and Sunday, means plenty of services to get race goers to and from the track

Passengers can find more information on extra services for upcoming events on PTV's Events page and plan their journey using PTV's journey planner.