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Public transport helping Victorians commemorate Anzac Day

23 Apr 2018

Extra services starting early in the morning will help thousands of Victorians get to and from Wednesday’s major Anzac Day commemorations across Victoria.

PTV CEO Jeroen Weimar said specially scheduled metropolitan train, tram and shuttle bus services will give many options for people to get to the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance.  

“Our services will be starting bright and early to get people to the Shrine in time for the start of the Dawn service,” he said.

On top of the extra services, PTV has been working with Metro Trains Melbourne and the Royal Australian Navy to organise two special trains to run direct from Frankston for sailors from HMAS Cerberus and the Navy’s Recruit School. 

“We’re pleased to be able to provide a dedicated service for more than 700 Royal Australian Navy sailors so they can march this Anzac Day,” said Mr Weimar.  

In the lead up to Anzac Day, free travel will be made available for veterans and war widows before and after Anzac Day and extended to include Australian Defence Force members, Scouts, Guides and school students on Anzac Day.

Before the dawn service, more than 30 extra metropolitan trains will run from 3:51am to arrive at Flinders Street Station by 5:35am.

Trams on all city-bound routes will start from 3:54am and run every 10 minutes until the start of the service.

“In addition to the early morning trains and trams, we’ll be running shuttle buses to the Shrine from selected RSL clubs and suburban locations across Melbourne,” said Mr Weimar. 

The free shuttle buses will run to the Shrine of Remembrance from the following locations:

  • Chadstone via Ashburton and Camberwell
  • Croydon via Ringwood East
  • Dandenong via Noble Park, Springvale, Clayton and Oakleigh
  • Doncaster via Balwyn North, Kew and Victoria Park (Jock McHale Stadium)
  • Essendon Football Ground (Windy Hill)
  • Greensborough via Watsonia
  • Mitcham via Blackburn, Box Hill and Balwyn
  • Mordialloc via Mentone and Sandringham
  • Templestowe via West Heidelberg
  • Thomastown via Reservoir and Coburg
  • Wantirna via Scoresby, Glen Waverley and Mt Waverley
  • Williamstown via Yarraville

There will also be free park and ride services running for the Anzac Day events at Torquay and Mount Macedon.

“Please check the PTV website before you travel for your local Anzac Day public transport information,” said Mr Weimar.

To help them attend Anzac Day commemoration activities, veterans and war widows can travel for free on all services across Victoria’s public transport network on 24, 25 and 26 April.

Free travel will also be offered to Australian Defence Force members, Scouts, Guides and school students on Anzac Day.

“Free travel is a small way that Victorian can collectively show our appreciation for the service of our armed force and their families,” said Mr Weimar.

In order to be eligible for free travel, veterans and war widows can simply wear their uniform, service medals or war widow’s badges or carry the appropriate identification.

ADF members, Scouts, Guides and school students must wear their uniform on Anzac Day to be eligible for free travel.

Visit the Anzac Day page to view all travel information and to book a seat on a free shuttle bus or call 1800 800 007.

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