Perth: Public transport free after midnight on New Year’s

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FORGET waiting for a cab or cringing at ridesharing surge charges – New Year’s Eve travel will be free after midnight for Perth revellers making their way home.

It will be the first time free public transport has been offered in Perth on New Year’s Eve since 2004, with over 200 extra bus, train and ferry services running into New Year’s Day.

Acting police commissioner Gary Dreibergs said there would be more than 1700 police working across Western Australia for the big day, and police were well prepared for the event.

“We’ve been planning this for 12 months as we do every year,” he said.

“We want the community to have a great time on New Year’s Eve.”

Police minister Michelle Roberts said extra police would ensure a safe environment for families and all revellers.

“Police will be out in force to make sure people can enjoy New Year’s Eve free from antisocial behaviour,” she said.

Transport minister Rita Saffioti said the free transport initiative was raised with her by Ms Roberts and WA Police, and it was a great option for all to get home safely after the celebrations.

“Come up with a game plan for how you will get to your chosen venue, and how you plan to get home,” she said.

Free public transport will remain in place until 6am on January 1, 2019.

For more information about the services, visit the Transperth website.