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Free trams for Docklands

03 Apr 2014

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Tram commuters will travel free of charge throughout Docklands and to and from the CBD, starting next year.

Premier Denis Napthine announced the free tram plan as part of a series of public transport reform promises made in a pre-election bid.

“Tram travel within the CBD will be free, in a move that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as an international city,” Dr Napthine said.

Regardless of which party wins the upcoming state election, the free trams plan will be carried out.

Opposition leader Daniel Andrews said Labor supported the plan and that no matter who voters elected in November, Melburnians would get cheaper public transport.

“We support this idea and it will be delivered under a Labor Government. That’s what Victorians want – the world’s most liveable city with a world-class public transport system,” Mr Andrews said.

Docklands Chamber of Commerce president Joh Maxwell said the free Docklands trams would have multiple benefits locally.

“What a great initiative,” Mrs Maxwell said.

Combined with the recent increase in tram services to Docklands, Mrs Maxwell said the free trams were a very positive move and would entice visitors to the area.

“Providing more options and making it easier for people to come into Docklands is just sensational,” Mrs Maxwell said.

The benefits will also extend to local workers, small business owners and residents, according to Mrs Maxwell.

“I hate to think how many times I’ve had to top up my Myki just from ducking around here and there so it will definitely help out those who move around the area regularly.”

Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder said the free trams would build on the success of the City Circle Tram.    

“Today’s announcement means all commuters, including tourists, will be able to travel anywhere within the CBD free of charge,” Mr Mulder said.

Minister for Tourism Louise Asher agreed, saying the move would make travel around Melbourne easier for domestic and international visitors.

“This is an exciting and positive initiative that builds on Melbourne’s credentials as an international tourist city and the world’s most liveable city,” Ms Asher said.

Alongside the free tram plan, the public transport reform will also see changes to the public transport zones across the metropolitan network, with the removal of Zone 2 fares.

The changes will come into effect from January 1, 2015 and will cost around $100 million per year.

The initiative will be accounted for in the upcoming State Budget.

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