Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport here to stay

It’s been announced 24-hour public transport is set to stay in Melbourne, prompting questions over whether late night services should be rolled out in other major cities across Australia, like Brisbane.

The Victorian government had been testing a trial of round-the-clock services on all metropolitan train lines, longer-journey coach services and key tram and bus routes.

More than two million trips had been taken during the trial, showing the popularity of the “Night Network”.

The 24-hour weekend services will now be a permanent fixture, which will come at a cost $193 million over the next four years.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the concept should be considered here in south-east Queensland.

“This is certainly something we should be looking at in the long-term for Brisbane,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We have many shift workers who can’t use public transport because of the lack of services offered in south-east Queensland. Lack of round-the-clock services also affects people who may not be able to afford a vehicle or have no licence.”