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NYE: City Loop to close just before midnight
Melbourne's City Loop will be shut tonight just as hundreds of thousands of New Years Eve revellers attempt to get home.
City Loops stations will stop operating at 11:45pm, just 15 minutes before an expected half-a-million people bring in the New Year in the City.
It means revellers will be forced to make it from the various city sights to either Flinders St Station or Southern Cross.
Acting Premier Peter Ryan says the decision to close the loop was an operational one.
Only Flind St & Sthn Cross are open late ton b/c of full security/police and marshalling efficiency. Moves huge numbers faster and safer.— Robert Doyle (@DoyleMelbourne) December 30, 2012
Smaller capacity stations get overcrowded quickly, trains arrive full: then we get aggro. Better to fully police the two big ones. It works.— Robert Doyle (@DoyleMelbourne) December 31, 2012
No New Year resolutions this year- as far as I am concerned every day is New Yearâ??s Day. The traders in the CBD should donate some of New Years Eve profits to a hospital emergency department to help offset their extra work loadâ?¦..Do you agree Mr Doyle?Azinnia Wednesday 2 January, 2013 - 7:31 PM
Meanwhile Peter Ryan and cohorts make it home in the comfort of the limo.
Rack off pollies, the lot of ya, on both sides.the serial pest Wednesday 2 January, 2013 - 9:34 AM
We 3 ladies had soo much trouble getting home this morning after the fireworks. We were in Southbank and I have a walking stick, and they closed the bridge from Southbank. We had to walk about 3 kms to get around which took ages re walking stick. We tried to catch a tram home to find out they were not operating till 2am and we would have to walk another km to get to the stop. Grrrr. We then got a train and an announcement was said that there is no driver. We waited for ages. When we got to Camberwell, at 2.20am we were nearly at the tram stop and we waved the tram driver to stop (as I have this walking stick) in which he sped up. We had to wait another Â½ hr for the next tram which came just after 3am. We didnâ??t get home till after 4am. (and we don't even drink.) And it is also disgusting that they closed City Loop. Not Good Enough Melbourne. Melbourne is so badly organised.kerrie Tuesday 1 January, 2013 - 5:32 PM
What a mealy-mouthed, sour, sniveling selection of comments re the issue of the City Loop being closed New Years Eve. It may interest those 'wet blankets' that getting revelers in and out of the city NYE via the trains worked beautifully. I know 'cos I was there in the thick of it. I saw and experienced the wisdom of closing those loop stations. I certainly didn't notice the absence of the rostered train drivers who chose to not turn up for work. (A big pat on the back to those commited drivers who rose to the occasion who did turn up. Thank you.) The train to Flinders Street was jam-packed with families heading off to Yarra Park and though we were all packed in like sardines, humour and civility remained and everyone was so considerate of each other. Once outside Flinders Street the foot traffic preparations, the on-the-ground security, the Police presence etc - and the attitude of all these officials - were also impressive and it all worked beautifully. Returning home from Southern Cross, via Docklands, didnâ??t present problems either and the crowd control was excellent. Well done to our Lord Mayor, the City of Melbourne, Met Trains/Trams, Victoria Police, the security teams etc and congratulations to those pyrotechnic experts who gave us all such marvelous displays to ring in the New Year 2013. May it be a happy one for all. Cheer up!Cathy Tuesday 1 January, 2013 - 5:05 PM
And what happened? They were thirty drivers short. This was always going to be a problem. Metlink is run by people who cannot organise or communicate.Debs Tuesday 1 January, 2013 - 10:44 AM
What a backward town Melb is, don't go near the place.janetp Monday 31 December, 2012 - 3:03 PM