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Extra trains and trams to run during a bigger and better White Night

20 Aug 2019

As Melbourne’s White Night Reimagined expands to three dates in 2019, extra public transport services will be delivered to ensure people can get to and from some of the city’s most iconic locations.

Department of Transport Head of Transport Services Jeroen Weimar said hundreds of thousands of people were expected to descend upon Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding areas between 22 and 24 August with a host of creative and culinary options on offer.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Victorians and visitors to enjoy the art, food and drink our wonderful city has to offer,” Mr Weimar said. “Public transport will be the best way to get to and from the city, which will be transformed into a winter spectacular during the festivities.”

Mr Weimar said to cater for the increased activity, additional trains and trams will run each night, however services will not run later than the regular weeknight timetable on the Thursday.

From 9pm to midnight on the Thursday night, there will be extra train services and extra trams running along Bourke, Collins and La Trobe streets. These services will also help transport people attending the exhibition basketball game between Australia and the USA at Marvel Stadium.

On the Thursday and Friday night, City Circle trams will run in a horseshoe route due to road closures on Flinders and Spring streets between 6.30pm and last service at 9pm.

On the Friday night, trains will operate all night with extra services running until 1am. Extra tram services will also run along Bourke, Collins and La Trobe streets.

Fans attending the Collingwood, Essendon game at the MCG are advised to board trains at Richmond or Jolimont stations after the game and change at Flinders Street or Southern Cross stations for connecting trains in order to reduce congestion.

On the Saturday night, additional services will run through the City Loop until 3am. Between 7pm and 1am metropolitan trains will run to 15 to 20-minute frequency, between 1 and 3am they will operate a 30-minute frequency and from 3am they will return to a regular hourly timetable.

Between 6.30pm and midnight, Bourke, Collins and La Trobe street trams, including routes 11, 12 and 30, will run every 10-20 minutes. Night Network services will run every 30 minutes from midnight to the end of the event, when they will resume operating to their normal timetable and frequency.

The City Circle tram will stop running at 6.30pm due to Flinders and Spring street road closures between 5pm and 2.30am, which will also alter routes 1, 3a, 5, 11, 12, 6, 16, 30, 64, 67, 70, 72, 75 and 48 and night buses. 

On the Friday and Saturday nights, extra coaches will be available for Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Seymour and Gippsland passengers departing at the same time as scheduled Night Coach services. 

“We advise everyone attending White Night and relevant sporting events over weekend to be aware of the increased activity and plan ahead,” Mr Weimar said.

Metro Trains will also use a helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging camera to improve safety on the network, reduce trespassing, and ensure a more reliable service for passengers.

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