6 November 2005
Transurban and Melbourne 2006 today announced toll waivers for the public who use CityLink when Commonwealth Games events next year close alternative roads.
CityLink will waive tolls on four occasions. The first will be on the evening of the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday March 15th.
This will allow vehicles to freely use CityLink tunnels to by-pass the area around Brunton Avenue and Swan Street Bridge where large crowds of spectators are expected to line the Yarra River banks for the Games opening festivities.
On Sunday March 19th when the marathons are run, vehicles diverted from the marathon course around the CBD will have free use of CityLink.
On the final weekend of the Games, there will be toll waiver periods on both days to accommodate the cycling road race and the Closing Ceremony.
On Saturday March 25th cycling competitors will be familiarising themselves with the road race course which includes City Road and Alexandra Ave. CityLink will be free for eight hours during the morning to encourage traffic to keep away from the event area.
On Sunday March 26th the final day of the Games when both the women’s and men’s road cycling competitions are staged before the Closing Ceremony celebrations, CityLink will waive tolls from early morning until midnight.
Mr Kim Edwards, Managing Director of Transurban, said the company was fully involved as an Official Provider to Melbourne 2006.
“As an Official Provider, CityLink is waiving tolls for 1500 or more vehicles in the Melbourne 2006 Official Vehicle fleet from now until the Games organisation winds down in April 2006.
“Transurban started business in Melbourne so, through CityLink, we wanted to be part of ensuring the athletes and the public have a truly memorable Games experience in a truly marvellous city,” Mr Edwards said.
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Mr Justin Madden said the Government and the Games organisation are delighted to have Transurban’s support.
“These toll free periods for the public will really help ensure the safety of competitors and spectators during the long road-based events,” he said. “It also helps the crowds who will want to enjoy the ceremonies and river spectacular.”
Games Chairman Ronald J Walker congratulated Transurban on becoming a part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Sponsor Family.
“We are delighted to welcome Transurban. CityLink plays a vital role in the life of Melbourne and at Games time it will be very important in making our event a great success.
“CityLink will also help transport 6,000 Games Athletes and Officials to their events and get them there in great shape,” Mr Walker said.
Toll waivers in summary
||Toll waiver period
||Section of CityLink|
||Wednesday 15 March
||7.30pm to Midnight
||Southern Link - Monash Fwy to & through the Tunnels in both directions|
||Sunday 19 March
||9am to 2pm
|Cycling Road Race (familiarisation)
||Saturday 25 March
||4am to Midday
|Cycling Road Race and Closing Ceremony
||Sunday 26 March
||4am to Midnight
Media contact: Jane Calvert, CityLink Media Relations Adviser, 0417 306 575
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