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Friday, 28 April 2017

Media statements

/ Categories: PTA News, Transperth

Free public transport for ANZAC centenary

The State Government will provide free public transport on Saturday April 25 as hundreds of thousands of West Australians attend ANZAC Day events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
 
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the free travel offer applied to all public transport passengers, all day on April 25.
 
“Last year there were about 120,000 boardings on Transperth services on ANZAC Day.  That doesn’t include the thousands of current and former service personnel who travelled free,” Mr Nalder said.
 
“However, this year’s centenary is an unprecedented event, and organisers are expecting about 100,000 to visit the city on the ANZAC weekend for various events.”
 
Veterans Minister Joe Francis urged everyone attending the services in Fremantle and Kings Park to plan ahead.
 
“For most of us who are lucky enough to live in a time without major conflict, the sheer magnitude of what the young soldiers faced during WWI and subsequent wars is unimaginable,” Mr Francis said.
 
“The ANZAC Centenary is an acknowledgement of everything sacrificed for us by those who landed at Gallipoli - and all those who came before and after.”
 
Transperth will bolster its pre-dawn train services.  Perth-bound trains will begin operating from about 2.30 to 3am, depending on the line, with the first arriving in Perth just before 3.20am.
 
A shuttle bus will operate between Esplanade Busport and Kings Park.  Travel on the Transperth ferry will also be free, but will operate on a public holiday timetable.
 
Fact File

  • Travel on Transperth buses, trains and ferries is free
  • Extra trains have been scheduled earlier than usual to get everyone to the dawn service at Kings Park
  • For more information, visit http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au
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