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SPECIAL FESTIVAL TRAINS TO GROOVIN THE MOO

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Special V/Line services will run to the Groovin the Moo festival in Bendigo in May after huge demand for trains to last year's event.

More than 2400 festival goers travelled to and from the event with V/Line in 2014 and the crowd is tipped to be even bigger this year, with the festival already sold out.

Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, today announced V/Line would offer five additional trains between Melbourne and Bendigo on Saturday 2 May.

Two additional services will leave Melbourne in the morning and three extra trains depart from Bendigo that night to take festival goers home again.

Melbourne to Bendigo

• Depart Southern Cross 8:17am and arrive Bendigo 10:08am
• Depart Southern Cross 9:16am and arrive Bendigo 11:15am Bendigo to Melbourne
• Depart Bendigo 22:30pm and arrive Flinders Street 00:35am
• Depart Bendigo 23:10pm and arrive Flinders Street 00:50am
• Depart Bendigo 23:40pm and arrive Southern Cross 01:40am

A Groovin the Moo shuttle bus will carry festival goers to and from the festival for a gold coin donation.

The special V/Line services are unreserved. Reservations and first class upgrades are available to Bendigo (subject to capacity) on the 08:36 Swan Hill train from Southern Cross by calling 1800 800 007.

On all services, please touch on and off your myki to pay the correct fare.

For details on the special services, please visit vline.com.au, or call 1800 800 007 (6am-midnight).

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan

"Groovin the Moo is a huge event for Bendigo and the train is the best way to get there."

"The special services mean trains will leave Southern Cross to Bendigo every 20 to 30 minutes to get people to the festival."

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

"Trains were really popular last year and we expect they'll be even more popular this year, which is why there will be special V/Line festival services."

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