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Australia : Trams To Deliver Free Travel For Tennis Fans.

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for fans to get to and from the tennis over the next fortnight with free travel and extra services. Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan announced Australian Open ticket holders and staff will again be able to travel to the tennis for free along the tram routes servicing Melbourne Park which will deliver them right to the heart of the tournament precinct.

Last year 40 per cent of the record 720,000 crowd travelled to the Australian Open by tram during the two weeks of the tournament. This year the Route 70a shuttle will run between Hisense Arena and Flinders Street West in addition to the regularly scheduled Route 70 service between Wattle Park and Docklands via Melbourne Park. Extra trams will be provided during the two weeks of the Australian Open to enable trams to run every two to three minutes during the busy periods of the day. Trams will continue to run for one hour after each nights play, even if the centre court action continues until the early hours of the morning

Tennis fans will be able to enjoy the extra comfort of high-capacity E-Class trams which make up part of the tram fleet servicing the Australian Open. These low-floor E-Class trams, the 60th of which has just entered service, are the networks biggest, with each able to carry up to 210 passengers. The Labor Government has ordered a total of 80 state-of-the-art E-Class trams from Bombardier in Dandenong, with 70 expected to be in service by the end of this year. The $274 million investment is helping secure 500 Victorian jobs and providing more trams and trains to help get Victorians home safer and sooner.

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Date:Jan 16, 2018
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