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Friday's press release from the Victorian Transport Minister on public transport arrangements for the coming public holidays promises services much like last year.
The Victorian Coalition Government will provide free travel on the state's public transport network on Christmas Day and after 6pm on New Year's Eve.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said public transport was a key part of many people's holidays, allowing them to get to and from festivities safely and easily.
"This period is a time of celebration, but all too often it is spoilt by tragedies on the state's roads," Mr Mulder said. "That's why the Coalition Government and public transport operators have again committed to providing free travel on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. I would like to thank public transport employees who will work on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, as their efforts make it possible to offer these free trains, trams and buses. On Christmas Day, public transport across the state will be free all day, allowing everyone to leave the car at home and enjoy Christmas celebrations with family and friends."
Mr Mulder said public transport would run all night with free Zone 1+2 travel from 6pm New Year's Eve until 5am on New Year's Day.
"Free all night metropolitan public transport will mean that revellers will not have to cut their celebrations short to catch the last tram or train," Mr Mulder said.
On New Year's Eve, V/Line passengers will have free travel for all trains arriving at or departing from Southern Cross station after 6pm and for the first train or coach on each line leaving Southern Cross on New Year's Day.
Christmas Day – Saturday 25 December
Train: Metro will run a Sunday timetable
Tram: Yarra Trams will run a Sunday timetable and the City Circle service will not operate
Bus: Call Metlink on 131 638 or visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au for specific route information
V/Line: Sunday train timetable with limited coach trips. Bookings are required for Warrnambool, Ararat, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Swan Hill, Shepparton and Albury trains. All other trains operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bus: Call Metlink on 131 638 or visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au
New Year's Eve – Friday 31 December
Train: Metro will run a normal weekday timetable with more trains from 6pm including all night trains.
Tram: Yarra Trams will run a Saturday timetable with more trains from 6pm. All night trams will run on all routes except Route 24, Route 30, Route 79, Route 82 and City Circle.
Bus: A special timetable will apply for bus routes. Call Metlink on 131 638 or visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au
NightRider: NightRider buses will operate for New Year's Eve. Buses will depart from a temporary location on Collins Street between Swanston and Russell Streets.
V/Line: Normal train services will run with some altered coach services. Additional late night services will run as per the regular Friday night timetable.
Bus: Customers are advised to call Metlink on 131 638 or visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au
For more information
Visit the Metlink website at metlinkmelbourne.com.au and use the journey planner to find the right services for your journey. For information on regional public transport services visit: viclink.com.au or phone 136 196.
The Metlink call centre will be open to assist travellers all night on New Year's Eve, so for public transport information call Metlink on 131 638 or visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au
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