Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Public transport to Royal Show well-patronised

    11/10/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Public transport proved a winner for people who went to this year's Perth Royal Show.
     
    Transport Minister Pam Beggs today said that more than one third of the people who went to this year's record-breaking show took the train.
     
    "This meant that of the 404,839 people who went to the eight-day event, about 140,000 travelled by train and a further 10,000 caught buses," she said.
     
    "It also was pleasing to Transperth and the Royal Agricultural Society that 70,000 people took advantage of the special Show Go ticket which combined a return train or bus trip and entry to the grounds.
     
    "This year's figures are almost double those Transperth notched up for last year's show when the first electric train services were introduced and is a great example of the growing popularity of the electric trains."
     
    Mrs Beggs said she expected that when the new northern suburban line was running next year, the number of people using the train to go to special events such as the Royal Show would increase even more dramatically.
     
    RAS Director Bruce Wynn said the popularity of Transperth's trains was a major contributor to the success of this year's show.
     
    "If you look at Royal Shows around Australia, it is only those shows that have access to a service like Transperth's that are successful," he said.
     
    "It is just impossible to provide the sort of parking that is needed for an event the size of the Royal Show.
     
    "I have travelled the world going to various shows and I usually go by public transport and what we have in Perth is the best without question."