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Users Hail New Years Transport Success

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has praised Melbourne's New Year's Eve public transport arrangements. Hundreds of thousands of people used the free all-night services after watching fireworks in the Melbourne CBD.

"It's clear that by any measure, this year's New Year's Eve public transport was a great success, a marked improvement from the fiasco of last year", said PTUA president Daniel Bowen.

Mr Bowen said this year only minor problems marred services, and that the PTUA would be discussing these with Metlink and the operators.

He added that this year's arrangements should serve as a template for New Year's Eve into the future, as well as other big events in Melbourne. And he criticised Transport Minister Peter Batchelor's comments on ABC radio that "hopefully" all-night transport would be provided in future years.

"New Year's Eve is Melbourne's biggest party of the year, and all- night transport is a critical part of making it a success. The government must commit to all-night trams and trains every New Year's Eve."

"The people of Melbourne voted with their feet. Trams and trains running frequently until 2am and then all night after that were just what was needed, and proved very popular."

"Thanks must go to the transport operators and their staff, for working hard through the night to get people home", added Mr Bowen.

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Last Modified: 1 January 2005