SA fans take 1.1 million public transport trips

Sports fans have made the most of improved public transport services to Adelaide Oval

More than 1.1 million trips to AFL games in South Australia this season were taken by fans who took advantage of public transport services on offer.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan has thanked footy fans for embracing Adelaide Oval Express services to attend AFL games at the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

"Our footy express service has been a huge success this season, with over one million trips taken to and from the footy on buses, trains and trams," he says.

"On average, around 52 per cent – or 550,000 fans – of the record-breaking crowd this year caught public transport to Adelaide oval– a dramatic increase from the roughly 20 per cent – or around 133,000 fans – that caught buses to Football Park in previous years.

 "To see around half of the crowd at Adelaide Oval choosing public transport each week is a fantastic achievement and proves yet again bringing AFL to the city has been a huge success."

Mullighan says the hundreds of drivers, attendants and operational staff also deserve a pat on the back for clearing huge numbers of fans each week with a minimum of fuss.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is reviewing 2014 public transport services to Adelaide Oval through feedback and travel data as well as responses received via the recent Adelaide Oval Express survey to help inform and improve the service in 2015.

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