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Media Release


Melbourne lags on late-night transport - A 24-hour city needs 24-hour service

The Public Transport Users Association has announced an exciting new research project and campaign on late night public transport services in Melbourne

PTUA Secretary Vaughan Williams said that an examination of interstate and overseas cities confirmed that Melbourne had fallen behind the pack.

"New York and Chicago run suburban trains 24 hours a day, while London, Sydney and Toronto use buses to replace trains seven nights a week - at normal fares," said Mr Williams

"Even Perth runs trains until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights."

Mr Williams said that the PTUA would be preparing a detailed proposal for improved after-midnight public transport in Melbourne.

"Our plan will be prepared after extensive research and consultation with stakeholders, our members, and the travelling public. We have received a lot of feedback about this issue in recent years and we believe Melbourne is a 24-hour city deserving a 24-hour service," said Mr Williams

"The lack of coverage for major sports events is particularly disappointing. Earlier this year, some Australian Open matches continued well past midnight, leaving thousands of fans to be moved by a handful of taxis. A similar situation occurred with the Bledisloe Cup rugby matches a few years ago."

"The poor quality of our late night public transport is an international embarrassment when patrons of major events can be stranded with no public transport after the match. We hope the government, operators and broader community will support our study and our campaign for better service," concluded Mr Williams

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Last Modified: 07 March 2002