Commuters dudded on cost of train travel under Baird

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Thousands of commuters are now paying more than $600 extra each year to travel from the outer suburbs of Sydney and the Central Coast to Sydney’s CBD, despite a Liberal Government promise of lower fares.

In 2011, the Liberals promised to cut the cost of monthly, quarterly or annual train tickets by up to $100 a year.

But people commuting to central Sydney for work or study five days a week pay hundreds more than in 2011, according to an analysis of train fares under the Opal system.

The annual cost of travelling from Penrith, Campbelltown, Springwood and the Central Coast, is now at least $430 more than a monthly train ticket and at least $619 more than a quarterly or annual train ticket was in 2011.

Under Opal, the annual cost of commuting from the areas that are more than 65 kilometres from the CBD has for the first time exceeded $3,000.

Cost of annual travel from Penrith and Campbelltown to Central (35-65km from CBD)

 

2011 price

Opal price

Fare increase

Monthly   train ticket

$2,256

$2,687

$431

Quarterly   or annual train ticket

$2,068

$2,687

$619


Cost of annual travel from Wyong, Gosford, Springwood, Glenbrook and Thirroul to Central (65km + from CBD)

 

2011 price

Opal price

Fare increase

Monthly train ticket

$2,880

$3,120

$432

Quarterly or annual train ticket

$2,464

$3,120

$656


Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Ryan Park:

“The Liberals promised Opal would mean lower fares but that’s not the case for commuters from Western and South Western Sydney and the Central Coast who are now paying $600 more than they did in 2011 because of these unfair price hikes.”

“Instead of encouraging people to get off the roads and take public transport, these fare rises will make commuters from all over Sydney think twice about catching the train.”

“Many Sydneysiders are already doing it tough thanks to the rising cost of living and Mike Baird isn’t making their lives any easier.”

“In the lead up to the 2011 election, the Liberals distributed leaflets promising to ‘reward’ commuters with lower fares. It only took them six months to break that promise before fares started rising again. Commuters have been stung by the small print.”