elbourne: A 24-hour public transport is coming to Victoria. From 1 January 2016, the Andrews Labor Government will trial all-night public transport on weekends – delivering a key election commitment.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Police Wade Noonan outlined details of the one-year Homesafe trial, which will get people home safe on public transport to the suburbs and regional areas.
During the trial, metro trains will depart from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on all lines except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse.
Trams will also operate every 30 minutes on six key routes – the 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109 – providing services to St Kilda, Coburg, Bundoora, Port Melbourne, Carnegie, Box Hill, Vermont South and Brunswick, as well as within the CBD.
A revamped and improved night bus network will include 20 routes, with a mix of routes operating from the city and others providing suburban connections from train stations and from suburban night-time hubs including Dandenong and Frankston.
V/Line coaches will depart from Southern Cross Station at around 2am, bound for Bendigo, Ballarat, Traralgon, and Geelong. The coaches will provide a mix of express and stopping services.
To support Homesafe, the Government has given Victoria Police funding for 171 extra transport security officers – 109 Protective Services Officers and 62 transit police.
The roving transit police will patrol all train lines through the night on weekends and use divisional vans to transport alleged offenders or travel quickly to where they are needed.
If successful, 24-hour weekend public transport trial will be continued and expanded where necessary.
“A world-class city deserves 24-hour public transport. It’s good for our economy, for shift workers and for people who want to get home safe after a night out,” said Allan, adding, “People who live in the outer suburbs and regional areas shouldn’t have to miss out on Melbourne’s vibrant night life. This trial is about giving them a safe and affordable way to get home.”
“Our PSOs and transit police will work throughout the night to help keep the travelling public safe. People should be able to go out and enjoy themselves or end a late-night shift and be able to catch safe and reliable public transport home,” said Noonan.