Thank You Melbourne

Friday, 10 March 2000

Footy fans last night heeded the call, and took public transport to the opening match at Colonial Stadium.

Marketing and Communications Director for the Melbourne Docklands Authority, Mr Stan Liacos, said the Authority was delighted by the public’s response to using the tram and train access to the stadium.

75 percent of patrons used the new Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge to enter the venue, with its direct link to trams and Spencer Street Station.

The success of the public transport message led to some congestion on the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge after the game. Mr Liacos said people should be reminded of the new subway access to Spencer Street Station as another optio n for train travellers.

“We would also strongly encourage people to use the new La Trobe Street Bridge which takes them onto Spencer Street, particularly for those parking in the western end of the city”.

“Overall we are extremely pleased with the first night and congratulate footy fans for their cooperation”.

A Co-ordination Centre monitored traffic movements through the night to ensure no major problems.

“We have learnt from the experience, and are seeking some changes to tram and train schedules to improve services for tomorrow night’s rock concert and Sunday’s AFL match between St Kilda and Sydney” said Mr Liacos.

“We urge patrons to continue to use public transport to access the venue, particularly in the next few months as construction work continues in the Docklands precinct”.

Public transport has been designed to drop people at the front door of Colonial St adium, making it one of the most easily accessible venues.