THOUSANDS OF MORE BUS SERVICES FOR UCI CHAMPIONSHIPS

THOUSANDS OF MORE BUS SERVICES FOR UCI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

More than 2700 extra bus services will run across Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula for this month’s UCI Road World Championships cycling event in Geelong.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula today announced that local bus companies McHarry’s and Benders would boost services by 66 per cent to almost 7000 trips during the five-day event from Wednesday 29 September to Sunday 3 October.

“The UCI Road World Championships is a world-class cycling event – second only to the Tour de France – and the Brumby Government is supporting it with a peak public transport service, including an extra 50 V/Line services from Melbourne on the weekend,” Mr Pakula said.

“The bus companies are adding an extra 1500 services from the Tuesday to the Friday and more than 1200 services on the weekend to cater for the tens of thousands of visitors to Geelong and to help minimise disruptions for local residents.

“There will also be a fleet of standby buses throughout Bellarine and Geelong to manage any unexpected surge in demand.

“With a significant amount of road closures, buses will operate on revised routes for the duration of the event.

“An extended special timetable and revised route maps are now available on the Viclink website.”

During the event there will be two temporary bus interchanges operating in central Geelong – one at Little Malop Street West (Johnstone Park) and the other at Little Malop Street East (behind Officeworks).

Services operating from Little Malop Street West (Johnstone Park) will be Geelong Transit routes 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 30, 35, 36, 45 (north suburbs only), 50, 51, and Bellarine Transit routes Torquay/Jan Juc, Barwon Heads.

Services operating from Little Malop Street East (behind Officeworks) will be Geelong Transit routes 45 (eastern suburbs only), 55, 61, 62, 77 and Bellarine Transit routes Portarlington, St Leonards, Indented Heads, Drysdale, Ocean Grove, Clifton Springs, Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.

Mr Pakula said event organisers expected that the course would be lined with up to 300,000 spectators across the five days of competition, including 150,000 on the Sunday alone.

“Competitors will race on a 16-kilometre fully closed road circuit throughout the central and inner south-west areas of Geelong,” Mr Pakula said.

“Commuters should allow extra time for their journey, especially if they wish to connect to a train, because the road network will be busier than usual.”

For more information about public transport services to and from the event, as well as changes to public transport services in Geelong, visit www.viclink.com.au or phone 136 196.

People wanting information about wheelchair-accessible buses should phone McHarrys on 5223 2111 or Benders on 5240 5000. Both companies will try to schedule a low-floor bus for passengers who need them provided adequate notice is given. It is best to contact the company the day before you travel.

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