Traffic Alert - Melbourne Cup Carnival Traffic

31 October 2018

Spring Racing comes to Flemington for four big days of racing, including the iconic Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6 November.

Image of three people looking over the fence at the horse races

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Surrounding roads including Epsom Road, Racecourse Road, Smithfield Road, Langs Road and Fisher Parade will be heavily congestion as the crowds enter and exit the racecourse. The huge number of pedestrians will also likely disrupt tram services.

If you’re heading to Flemington over the next week, public transport is a great option. Extra train and tram services will be running each raceday. Keep in mind that Cup Day is a public holiday in metropolitan Melbourne, so all public transport will be running to a Saturday schedule.

Limited public parking is available in the centre car park, with entry via Smithfield Road. Car park gates open at 7.30am on Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day, and at 9am on Oaks Day and Stakes Day. Member’s access through the main gates on Epsom Rd.

TRAIN: Dedicated services will operate from Flinders Street Station to Flemington Racecourse Station, every 5-10 minutes from 8.17am. The last service to leave Flemington Racecourse will be at 8.55pm. Trains stop at Southern Cross and North Melbourne. A shuttle bus will connect Footscray Train Station to Flemington Racecourse Station, every 5 minutes between 3pm and 8.30pm.

REGIONAL TRAIN/COACH: Racegoers from regional Victoria should take a V/Line train or coach to Southern Cross Station, then change to a connecting metropolitan train.

TRAM: Route 57 trams run from the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street in the city, stopping at Flemington Drive.

BUS: The Route 404 bus runs from Footscray to Moonee Ponds, via Epsom Road.

For the latest traffic information around the state visit VicTraffic or download the VicTraffic app via your app store. 

If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70, open 24/7. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.

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