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BAIRD’S OPAL SPIN STILL LEAVES FIVE DAY A WEEK COMMUTERS IN AUBURN WORSE OFF

The Baird Government’s decision to stall a fare hike for Opal users, leaves Auburn commuters in the dark on future fare hikes.

27 Mayıs 2016 Cuma 12:26
BAIRD’S OPAL SPIN STILL LEAVES FIVE DAY A WEEK COMMUTERS IN AUBURN WORSE OFF
NSW Opposition Leader and Member for Auburn Luke Foley is calling on the Baird Government to reject unfair Opal fare increases which will see train commuters and seniors in the Auburn electorate hardest hit.

 

Under this proposal fares will increase by an average of 4.2 per cent a year – which is more than triple the current rate of inflation.

The $2.50 Gold Opal ticket for seniors will go up to $3.60 in July and then increase to $4 by 2018.

 

NSW Labor is calling on the Government to rule out increases to the Gold Opal all together – maintaining the current $2.50 charge.

Five-day-a-week train commuters travelling from Auburn, Lidcombe, Regents Park and Berala to the CBD face 34 per cent increases, and by 2018 will be paying $2,344 a year.

 

In neighbouring Guilford, the fare increase jumps to 38 per cent or an extra $756.08 by 2018.

Free Opal card travel after eight trips will be scrapped, pushing up weekly travel costs.

Commuters were outraged at the proposed new fare structure released by the Government late last year.

 

Despite the huge volume of submissions to IPART slamming the changes, its revised report still leaves regular public transport passengers travelling from in and around Auburn unfairly out of pocket.

 

The weekly travel cap of $60 will increase to $64 on July 1, before jumping to $72 by 2018.

Commuters from the Auburn electorate, who take advantage of the daily cap, will see their maximum single journey fare increase from $15 to $20 by 1 July 2018.

 

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader and Member for Auburn Luke Foley

 

“People in Auburn who are doing the right thing and catching the train to and from work every day are going to be slugged hardest.

 “The $2.50 daily travel ticket for seniors is finished thanks to this Government.

 “Mike Baird needs to reject these recommendations to change Opal fare changes and stand up for pensioners and the elderly.

 “Seniors in our community can least afford a 60 per cent increase to their public transport costs.

 “The cost of living pressure for Auburn residents is real. Such a massive hike in public transport costs is just another added cost making it harder to balance the family budget.”

 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport

 

“It’s cruel and unfair that Auburn pensioners are set to be punished by the government for simply catching public transport.

 “Seniors are often reliant on public transport, but now they are faced with much higher fares.

 “Now is not the time to be making it more difficult for seniors to be out and about in their communities.”

 

 

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

CURRENT YEARLY FARE

NEW YEARLY FARE (as of July 1 2016)

2018 YEARLY FARE

2018 YEARLY INCREASE

% INCREASE BY 2018

Auburn

Central

$1,747.20

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $597.48

34%

Lidcombe

Central

$1,747.20

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $597.48

34%

Guilford

Central

$2,005.12

 $2,391.48

 $2,761.20

 $756.08

38%

Granville

Central

$2,005.12

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $339.56

17%

Regents Park

Central

$1,747.20

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $597.48

34%

Berala

Central

$1,747.20

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $597.48

34%

Sydney Olympic Park

Central

$1,747.20

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $597.48

34%

Parramatta

Central

$2,005.12

 $2,096.64

 $2,344.68

 $339.56

17%

 

Anahtar Kelimeler: Luke Foley

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