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MCG car park closed: public transport the best way to travel to the football this weekend

Added: 15 August 2013

Tens of thousands of football fans are expected to attend each game at the MCG this weekend, including the blockbuster between Hawthorn and Collingwood on Friday night.  

In addition to the normal timetable, Public Transport Victoria (PTV) is running 36 extra trains and dozens of extra trams to get passengers there and back again.

Due to recent heavy rain, the MCG car park in Yarra Park will be closed from Friday night through to Sunday.

PTV’s Director of Communications Matt Phelan said that football fans should take advantage of the extra trains and trams with limited parking around the MCG. 

“The MCG car park is closed all weekend which means there will be a large number of cars on the road looking for an extremely limited number of parking spots,” he said.

“The easiest option is to leave the car at home and catch one of the dozens of extra train and tram services to the MCG.

“Passengers can avoid wasting their time trying to find a car park in the packed side streets of Richmond by taking the care free option and catching public transport instead.

“The extra services will take passengers to the ground for kick off and get them back home again.”

Passengers can find out the times of the extra train and tram services on the PTV website.

Passengers travelling on a Saturday or Sunday will pay just $3.50 for all day travel in Zones 1 and 2.

Mr Phelan encouraged passengers to plan ahead and top up before travelling to avoid waiting in queues after the game.

“Passengers should top up before heading to the MCG so they can focus on the game,” he said.

“This can be done at close to 800 retail outlets across Melbourne, the ticket window at staffed stations, or passengers can choose to set up auto top up and avoid having to top up at a machine ever again.”

The extra trains will run on the Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Hurstbridge, Lilydale, Pakenham, Sandringham, South Morang and Sunbury lines this weekend.

Before and after the game, extra trams will run frequently between the city and the MCG via Melbourne Park and Wellington Parade.

Passengers can plan their journey to the football this weekend by visiting ptv.vic.gov.au or calling 1800 800 007 6am – midnight daily.

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