V/line's Seasonal Reminders For Northern Victoria 1

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23rd December 2008, 03:56pm - Views: 340
Tuesday, 23 December 2008


V/Line's seasonal reminders for northern Victoria

V/Line is reminding regional Victorian train passengers about several changes occurring
over the coming weeks.

Travel on V/Line train and coach services will be free on Christmas Day and New Year's
Eve this year, and V/Line fares will rise in the new year.

V/Line passengers will receive free travel on:
Christmas Day,
Melbourne-bound services arriving after 6pm on New Year's Eve, and
The first outbound service on New Year's Day (07:15 Southern Cross to
Bendigo).

On 1 January 2009, the average fare will rise in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
of five per cent, but due to a 20 per cent fare cut in 2007, fares will still be cheaper than
several years ago.

A full fare peak return ticket between Bendigo and Melbourne will rise $2.20 from $42.80
to $45.00, between Swan Hill and Melbourne will rise $2.80 from $57 to $59.80, and
between Echuca and Melbourne will rise $2.00 from $38.80 to $40.80.

V/Line encourages regular travellers to buy Date-to-Date tickets which last between 10
and 52 weeks for major savings and the best value for money.

Bendigo commuters who travel five days a week on a Date-to-Date periodical ticket will
pay just $13.48 per day ($67.40 per week, up from $51.30 in 2008).

V/Line tickets also include free metropolitan train, tram and bus travel worth $10.60
(2009 Daily Metcard Zone 1+2), making Ballarat train tickets great value.

For more information on the free Christmas Day and New Year's Eve travel, or details of
the fares changes, visit vline.com.au or call V/Line on 136 196.








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Media Notes:

Christmas and New Year holiday timetable

The following holiday timetable arrangements will apply to V/Line services:

Wednesday 24 December, Christmas Eve Normal Wednesday train and coach
services will operate.

Thursday 25 December, Christmas Day Sunday train timetable will apply. Special
Christmas coach timetable applies (visit vline.com.au for details).

Friday 26 December, Boxing Day Saturday train and coach timetable will apply.

Saturday 27 to Tuesday 30 December Normal services will operate.

Wednesday 31 December 2009, New Year's Eve Free travel is offered on V/Line
train services arriving in Melbourne after 6pm and the first timetable service in the
morning. Normal train and coach services will operate plus additional late night services
as per regular Friday night timetable.

Thursday 1 January 2009, New Year's Day Saturday train and coach timetable will
apply.


Return fares to/from Melbourne effective 1 January 2009

Ordinary (Peak) Ordinary (Peak) Off peak Off peak Weekly Monthly Date to date
full fare concession fare full fare concession fare full fare full fare full fare/week**
Bendigo $45.00 $22.40 $31.60 $15.80 $112.10 $404.30 $67.40
Swan Hill* $59.80 $29.80 $59.80 $29.80 $235.00 $846.00 $117.50
Echuca* $40.80 $20.40 $40.80 $20.40 $144.20 $518.90 $75.60
Castlemaine $33.00 $16.40 $23.20 $11.60 $88.50 $318.30 $59.30
Kyneton $24.00 $12.00 $16.80 $8.40 $69.70 $250.90 $53.90
Woodend $18.40 $9.20 $12.80 $6.40 $61.20 $220.30 $50.30

* All outer-regional journeys including non-Melbourne journeys are charged at off-peak prices.

** The minumum period for all Date-to-Date tickets is 10 weeks


Historical comparison 2000 to 2009 return fares to/from Melbourne

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007* 2008* 2009*
Bendigo $42.40 $45.80 $47.00 $48.40 $49.80 $50.80 $52.40 $42.00 $42.80 $45.00
Swan Hill* $88.40 $95.80 $98.20 $101.20 $104.20 $106.20 $109.60 $55.80 $57.00 $59.80
Echuca* $54.80 $59.40 $60.80 $62.80 $64.60 $66.00 $68.00 $38.00 $38.80 $40.80
* All outer-regional journeys including non-Melbourne journeys are charged at off-peak prices.





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