Public Transport To Stakes Day

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6th November 2009, 12:19pm - Views: 658
Public Transport to Stakes Day

A train, tram or bus is the best way to get to and from Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse. Special trains and trams will run on Saturday 7 November for patrons heading to the track.

With lane closures on the Monash Freeway and CityLink and major works on the Westgate Freeway, delays are expected particularly for eastbound traffic after the event, which is all the more reason to leave the car at home and choose public transport.

"To avoid traffic headaches on the M1 and around the racecourse take the easy route. A train, tram or bus can drop you within walking distance of Flemington," Metlink CEO Bernie Carolan said.

"There will be large crowds, but if you allow extra time for your journey, plan ahead and buy a Metcard in advance it should be a hassle-free ride."

To plan your trip, use the journey planner at metlinkmelbourne.com.au or call 131 638.

More preparation than ever has gone into getting the network ready for this year's carnival, so public transport is a great way to get out and enjoy the last big race day.

Patrons must also pre-purchase their Stakes Day admission ticket as they're not sold at Flemington.

Public transport services to and from Stakes Day:

Trains

Getting there:
Race trains will leave Flinders Street Station on platforms 8 and 9 throughout the day and every four to five minutes at peak times. These trains stop at Southern Cross Station on Platform 14 and North Melbourne Station on Platform 6, then run express to the racecourse.

Getting home:
Race trains from Flemington Racecourse to Flinders Street Station will run express from 8.36am until 1.54pm. Between 2pm and 9pm, frequent trains will run and stop at North Melbourne, Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations.

Trams

You can catch a Route 57 tram, or one of the extra trams running express to the racecourse every few minutes, from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets (Stop 1). Trams stop on Flemington Drive, off Epsom Road.

Buses

Buses on Route 472 (Williamstown to Moonee Ponds via Footscray) run every 20 minutes on Saturdays. Alight on Fisher Parade, near the Riverbank entrance.

Metlink media line: 0466-017-500
M1 freeway enquiries: Mary-Anne Lane 0407-564-255

Metlink is a partnership of Melbourne's train, tram and bus operators which provides customers with a one-stop-shop for information about services, fares and ticketing. Owned by the tram and train operators, Metlink Victoria Pty Ltd is a private company that provides services for train, tram and bus operators and the Victorian Government. The organisation will extend its marketing and customer information activities to regional areas through Viclink.

SOURCE: Metlink

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