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BRUCE Springsteen fan Louise Koenig’s great night soured when her trip home from a concert on public transport turned into a “circus act”.
Ms Koenig left from Melbourne’s AAMI Park on February 5 and finally opened the front door of her Macleod home just after 2am.
“It was a comedy of errors,” she said.
Ms Koenig said she was one of 30,000 concertgoers who left the concert to find not a tram in sight.
So instead of waiting, Ms Koenig said she walked to Richmond railway station to try and catch a train home but discovered there were queues of commuters flowing out onto Swan St.
“I walked back to the tram and about 80 people clambered on so I waited another 10 minutes,” she said.
“It was an absolute shambles.”
Eventually Ms Koenig arrived at Flinders Street Station only to find the lines “250 people deep” and that she would not be able to get onto an Eltham train until midnight.
But that was not to be – a signal breakdown at Westgarth Station meant buses replaced trains to Heidelberg.
“I would not usually catch public transport but I thought I’d be a good citizen,” she said.
“But never, ever will I do it again.”
Public Transport Victoria spokeswoman Andrea Duckworth said the government and transport operators worked with concert organisers to schedule trams and trains to co-ordinate with the concert’s start and finish times.
“The concert unexpectedly ran well over the advised finishing time and while Yarra Trams and Metro delayed as many extra services as possible to cater for this, it was impossible to provide the same service level as planned,” she said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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