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SPECTATORS who miss Commonwealth Games events because of public
transport breakdowns and delays should not expect refunds from the
Free public transport for ticket-holders was the centrepiece of
yesterday's announcement of the Games transport plan, which will
include widespread road closures, designated Games lanes and
parking bans around most Games venues.
Despite urging 70 per cent of Games patrons to use Melbourne's
public transport network, Transport Minister Peter Batchelor would
not guarantee refunds for people whom the system let down.
"The way to avoid missing events or missing other engagements is
to make the necessary plans in advance, and if you do that the
public transport system will cater for all the needs," he said.
Mr Batchelor's refusal to cover spectators comes after 20,000
passengers and 156 trains were stranded on the Cranbourne, Pakenham
and Frankston train lines for several hours on Thursday morning
after a storm affected signalling equipment.
The chaos delayed VCE students on their way to exams and was
blamed for reducing the Oaks day crowd at Flemington by about
It was not the first instance of major delays on the network
this year, but Mr Batchelor said Games spectators would need to
leave home earlier and plan their journeys to ensure they did not
An extra 28,000 tram, train and bus services have been added for
the Games period, including late-night services to cope with
A plan to make Flinders Street Station a one-way zone —
with entry only from the east and exit to the west — will be
considered after a successful trial with Oaks day crowds on
On top of many road closures in the city and Docklands, Jolimont
and bayside suburbs such as Albert Park and South Melbourne will be
most affected by the traffic plan.
Like Parkville residents who live close to the athletes village,
businesses and residents in a section of Jolimont will need to
drive through security checkpoints to get to their work or
Brunton Avenue will be closed for more than three weeks in
CityLink will waive tolls on four days of the Games, to help
ease expected congestion due to restrictions on Punt Road, Swan
Street and Alexandra Avenue.
Using the Yarra as a transport route, with extra water taxis, is
also under consideration.
Games Minister Justin Madden said the traffic plan would not
compromise access to hospitals and care facilities.
Opposition Games spokesman Gordon Rich-Phillips said the daily
changes to road closures would make the Games period difficult and
confusing for Victorians.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PLAN
■ Security checkpoints in parts of Jolimont and
■ Designated lanes for competitors and officials between
the airport, village and competition venues.
■ No parking around major venues.
ROADS FACING RESTRICTIONS
■ Punt Road
■ Flinders Street and Spencer Street
■ Alexandra Avenue
■ Brunton Avenue
■ St Kilda Road
■ Beaconsfield Parade
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