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Footy Express to operate during bumper week of AFL

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3 August 2020

The Footy Express will operate at full capacity for Adelaide and Port Adelaide AFL matches at Adelaide Oval this week to enable spectators to socially distance as much as possible.

Footy fans can access free travel to and from Adelaide Oval on normal Footy Express services for the following matches in the coming week:

  • Monday 3 August – Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs
  • Wednesday 5 August – Adelaide Crows v Melbourne
  • Saturday 8 August – Port Adelaide v Richmond
  • Tuesday 11 August – Adelaide Crows v Collingwood.

Public transport services for the football are being operated at the same capacity as they would for a full crowd to assist with social distancing.

Extra staff will be on hand at Adelaide Railway Station to assist footy fans with their transit and to monitor social distancing. Additional customer service staff will also be at the gates and turnstiles to remind people of the need to socially distance.

Passengers are encouraged to use their best judgement and to wait for the following service if they do not feel as though there is adequate space or if instructed to do so. On average, bus and tram passengers will only have to wait between five to 10 minutes for the next service, while train passengers should only wait around 15 minutes.

For more information regarding Footy Express services and your service’s timetable, please visit: https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Announcements2/Service-updates/Footy-Express-2020

Note that due to an expected crowd of only 2,000 spectators for the Melbourne v North Melbourne match on Sunday 9 August, Footy Express services will not operate. Regular scheduled services are available and spectators will be required to purchase a ticket on public transport to and from the game.

Adelaide Metro will advise of any changes to Footy Express services resulting from any change to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia.

In accordance with the Federal government’s advice and as noted with the State’s public activities declaration, public transport is excluded from density requirements. Customers are required to practice social distancing as far as practical and Adelaide Metro introduced measures to keep commuters safe on public transport, including:

  • More frequent cleaning of buses, trams and trains
  • Discontinued cash handling by transitioning to a “MetroCard Only” system
  • Accelerated the installation of Perspex screens for bus drivers and restricted access to open areas immediately around drivers
  • Installation of signage on the fleet of trains, trams and buses that sends clear messages not to board if unwell and to encourage physical distancing as far as practicable at stops and stations, and on board services
  • Signage at key stations and interchanges, and inside vehicles with information published by health authorities about good personal hygiene habits

We will continue to be guided by expert health advice in terms of necessary precautions to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 and we thank patrons for their cooperation and patience.