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Getting home on public transport after a big event at Melbourne Park just got easier, with new screens installed throughout Rod Laver arena that provide real-time information about trams and trains leaving the precinct.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula unveiled the new screens while inspecting works on Stage 3 of the Andrews Labor Government’s $972 million Melbourne Park redevelopment.
The 25 new public transport information screens will provide up to the minute arrival and departure information, as well as accessibility information and options for people with a disability.
The screens were trialled during the Maroon 5 and Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts at the arena last month, and feedback has been extremely positive. They will be rolled-out at other Melbourne and Olympic Parks venues – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and AAMI Park – in the coming months.
Melbourne and Olympic Parks deliver more than 600 events throughout the year, attracting 2.5 million visitors.
The $271.55 million Stage 3 of the redevelopment has begun, with the demolition of the existing function centre underway. It will make way for a new Function and Broadcast Centre —with function rooms, pre-event spaces, a 200-seat auditorium and broadcast studios.
Stage three will also deliver a new 5,000 seat Show Court Arena and two new match courts. The upgrade will be complete by 2022.
“These new screens will make it quicker and easier for fans to get home after a concert or blockbuster match. It’s the first time this technology has been rolled out at a venue anywhere in Australia and is on top of our massive redevelopment of Melbourne Park – which will attract even more fans to this world-class venue," said Minister Pakula.
Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne said: “These screens will take the guess work out of deciding how to get home, with up-to-the-minute information about trams and trains leaving Rod Laver whenever the show ends.”