IELTS LISTENING S60T1
Transport from Bayswater
Woman: Good morning, Travel Link. How can I help you?
Man: Good morning. I live in Bayswater and I’d like to get to Harbour City tomorrow before 11 am.
Woman: Well, to get to Bayswater…
Man: No, no. I live in Bayswater – my destination is Harbour City.
Woman: Sorry. Right, so that’s Bayswater to Harbour City. Are you planning to travel by bus or train?
Man: I don’t mind really, whichever option is faster, I suppose.
Woman: Well, if you catch a railway express, that’ll get you there in under an hour… Let’s see – yes, if you can make the Q1 9.30 am express, I’d recommend you do that.
Man: Great. Which station does that leave from?
Woman: Helendale is the nearest train station to you.
Man: Did you say Helensvale?
Woman: No, Q2 Helendale – that’s H-E-L-E-N-D-A-L-E.
Man: What’s the best way to get to the Helendale station then?
Woman: Well, hang on a minute while I look into that… Now, it seems to me that you have two options. Option one would be to take the 706 bus from the Bayswater Shopping Centre to Q3 Central Street. When you get there, you transfer to another bus which will take you to the station. Or, the second option, if you don’t mind walking a couple of kilometres, is to go directly to Central Street and get straight on the bus going to the train station.
Man: Okay. Which bus is that?
Woman: The Q4 792 will take you to the station.
Man: I guess the walk will be good for me so that might be the better option. What time do I catch the 792?
Woman: There are two buses that should get you to the station on time: one just before nine o’clock and one just after. But look, at that time of the morning it might be better to take the earlier one just in case there’s a traffic jam or something. The Q5 8.55 am is probably safer than the 9.05.
Man: Yeah, I don’t want to miss the train, so I’ll be sure to get on the five-to-nine bus.
Man: By the way, how much will I have to pay in fares?
Woman: Well, you can get a ticket on the bus for Q6 $1.80 cash and you’ll need $10 each way for the train. Wait, do you have a Travel Link Card?
Man: No, but I can get one before tomorrow.
Woman: Okay, well that’ll make it considerably cheaper then. The bus will cost $1.50 each way, and the train will be – the train to Harbour City will … still cost $10.00 because you’ll be travelling during peak hours in the morning, so no savings there, I’m afraid. However, if you could come back at an off-peak time …
Man: What does that mean?
Woman: Well, if you could start your return journey before 5 pm or later than Q7 half past 7 in the evening …
Man: Actually, I wasn’t planning on coming back till at least 8 o’clock anyway.
Woman: In that case, you can make quite a saving if you use your Travel Link Card. You did say you were planning to purchase one, didn’t you?
Man: Yes, I’ll pick one up later today.
Woman: Good – that would mean that your return train journey would only cost you Q8 $7.15 with your card.
Man: Thank you.
Woman: Is there anything else I can help you with?
Man: Actually, there is. Do you know if I can use the Travel Link Card on ferries?
Woman: If you’re thinking of the Harbour City ferries that go back and forth between the north and south bank, those are the Q9 commuter ferries, then yes. A one-way trip costs $4.50 but with your card, you’d make a 20% saving and only pay $3.55.
Man: So, $3.55 for the commuter ferry …What about the tour boats?
Woman: You mean the tourist ferries that go upriver on sightseeing tours? No, they only take cash or credit card. They’re not part of the Travel Link Company.
Man: Oh, I see. I don’t suppose you know the cost of a tour?
Woman: In actual fact, I do, because I took a friend on the trip upriver just last week. We decided on the Q10 afternoon tour and that was $35 each but I understand that you can do the whole day for $65.
Man: Thank you. You’ve been a great help.
Woman: My pleasure. Enjoy your day out.