26 September 2023

Free transport for Anzac Day marchers

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Victorians taking part in this year’s ANZAC Day (25 April) commemorations will be able to travel free with additional public transport services rostered on.

Encouraging people to plan ahead, Acting Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne said more than 30,000 people were expected to attend the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance and the ANZAC Day Parade along St Kilda Road and Swanston Street next Tuesday.

“Free shuttle buses will be in service to transport people along 12 Melbourne routes, including several RSLs, to ensure they arrive at the Shrine before the 6am ceremony,” Ms Horne said.

“The buses will pick up and drop off passengers from routes starting at Chadstone, Croydon, Dandenong, Doncaster, Essendon, Greensborough, Mitcham, Mordialloc, Templestowe, Thomastown, Wantirna and Williamstown,” she said.

“Each metropolitan train line will also run an early service to get people into the city for the Dawn Service, and extra trams will run along St Kilda Road to ensure people can travel straight to the Shrine.”

Ms Horne said a number of free regional buses would also transport people in Mt Macedon to and from local ANZAC Day services.

She said the ANZAC Day Parade along St Kilda Road and Swanston Street would commence after the Dawn Service.

“Later in the day, there will be an extra 36 train services and 23 trams services to get people to and from the AFL match between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG and the NRL game at AAMI Park,” the Minister said.

“Veterans and war widows are eligible for free travel on 23, 24 and 25 April.

“Australian Defence Force members, Scouts and Guides and school students can travel free on ANZAC Day, provided they are in uniform.”

Further information on travel to and from ANZAC Day services can be accessed at this PS News link.

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