Monday, November 25, 2013

NYE Melbourne 2013 Trains, Trams and Nightrider buses will run all night December 31 2013 But Train lines to shut down in Melbourne's west and parts of country Victoria have to catch buses home Herald Sun Nov. 21st 2013 Community Safety




Melbourne's trains, trams and Nightrider buses will run all night on New Years Eve December 31 2013


NEW Year's Eve revellers from Melbourne's west and parts of country Victoria will have to catch buses home as train lines are shut down.

Victorians will be given free public transport on Christmas Day 

and after 6pm on New Year's Eve 2013

Passengers on the Sunbury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Albury train lines face disruptions and replacement buses from December 28 to January 19 2013

due to work on the $4.8 billion Regional Rail Link.



Train lines shut on New Year's Eve

Train lines shut on New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve revellers at Flinders St Station. Source: News Corp Australia
NEW Year's Eve revellers from Melbourne's west and parts of country Victoria will have to catch buses home as train lines are shut down.
Passengers on the Sunbury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Albury train lines face disruptions and replacement buses from December 28 to January 19 due to work on the $4.8 billion Regional Rail Link.
Victorians will be given free public transport on Christmas Day and after 6pm on New Year's Eve.
Melbourne's trains, trams and Nightrider buses will run all night on December 31.
A handful of extra Nightrider services have been added to public transport services during the Christmas party season. Twelve services will be added to routes in the east and southeast - Lilydale, Belgrave, Dandenong and Frankston - on Saturdays and Sundays from ­November 30 to December 22.

The extra buses will run ­every 15 minutes between 2am and 3.30am. Revellers from Melbourne's north and west can catch half-hourly services.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said all-night public transport on New Year's Eve meant revellers didn't have to cut their celebrations short.
"Passengers need to plan ahead and allow extra travelling time,'' he said.
Mr Mulder said holiday timetables would be released soon and take into account crowds ­expected at major events.
Metro spokeswoman Larisa Tait said it had enough drivers for the busy end-of-year ­period.
Reduced services will run during the day on New Year's Eve to make sure plenty were available for extra services overnight.
A driver shortage caused dramas last year.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he didn't believe all-night public transport was necessary to the city's operation.
"We are a 24-hour city but that doesn't mean 24-hour party,'' Cr Doyle said.
"So the city does need four or five hours where it actually rejuvenates itself, we wash our face, we get ready for the next day. I don't see it as absolutely necessary to the way the city operates.''
Victorian Taxi Association CEO David Samuel said taxi driver numbers were "tight'' but not as bad as the 2011 driver shortage.
He said the industry wanted as many taxis on the road during high demand periods but believed surges in demand were a public transport issue.
"We can't structure our whole industry around three or four nights of the year,'' Mr Samuel said.
- with John Masanauskas
amelia.harris@news.com.au



Train lines to shut on New Year's Eve as upgrades continue

 Crowds pack Flinders Street Station after the New Year's Eve fireworks.
Crowds pack Flinders Street Station after the New Year's Eve fireworks. Source: News Limited
THE SHUTDOWN of three train lines over New Year's Eve and during the first week of the Australian Open will add further pressure to the festive season's public transport crush.
Passengers on the Sunbury, Ballarat and Bendigo lines face disruptions and replacement buses from December 28 to January 19 as work continues on the $4.8 billion Regional Rail Link
Victorian Taxi Association spokeswoman Georgia Nicholls said it would add to the already high demand for taxis at that time of year.
"It is concerning, we do become overly reliant on taxis at this time of year ... that's why when you see these surges in demand it's really important that taxis are part of an integrated transport system for people," Ms Nicholls said.
"If there's going to be trains out of action over that period it will be particularly challenging."
Ms Nicholls said the pressure on the system was particularly high for late night events when large numbers of people were trying to leave the city.
"Taxis aren't mass transport and often where you see major difficulties is where there really is no alternative for people and the supply isn't enough."
Public Transport Victoria CEO Ian Dobbs said doing the work during the quieter holiday period was the easiest way to minimise disruption.
"We look very carefully at the best times of the year to shutdown. This Christmas was always seen as probably as our biggest opportunity and also our biggest challenge,'' Mr Dobbs said.
RRL spokesman Bob Neilson said ``rail occupations'' allowed significant work to be carried out in a short time that couldn't be done when trains were running.
"The late December - January period is the lowest patronage period on our rail system, which is why we are doing our works then,'' Mr Neilson said.
The train shutdowns will allow workers to continue with the Sunshine and Footscray station upgrades, removal of the Anderson St level crossing and track works.
Metro is expected to run replacement buses between South Kensington and Albion on the Sunbury line.
The three lines are currently disrupted as part of a shutdown that finishes tomorrow (Sunday).
V/Line said it was currently providing 260 buses every weekday to get 9000 Bendigo and Ballarat commuters to and from Melbourne.
"If we know there are special events, we will plan for that and add extra coach services on those days.''
The link, which will separate country and metro trains, is expected to be finished late next year.
amelia.harris@news.com.au

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