Commuters from Shellharbour Junction Station heading to Wollongong are set to face a hefty 38% increase in train fares.
Kiama commuters heading into Wollongong will also face fare increases of up to 18%.
Commuters from Wollongong Station heading to Central will cop a 20% fare increase.
Free Opal card travel after eight trips will be scrapped.
The $2.50 Gold Opal ticket for seniors will go up to $3.60 in July and then increase to $4 by 2018.
Despite the huge volume of submissions to IPART slamming the changes, a revised report out yesterday still leaves regular public transport passengers travelling from outside Sydney unfairly out of pocket.
ANALYSIS OF FARES FOR FIVE DAY A WEEK COMMUTERS
|JOURNEY||CURRENT YEARLY FARE||NEW YEARLY FARE (as ofJuly 1 2016)||2018 YEARLY FARE||% INCREASE BY 2018|
|Shellharbour Junction to Wollongong (27.7km)||$2,005.12||$2,391.48||$2,761.20||38%|
|Kiama to Wollongong (36.25km)||$2,687.36||$2,948.40||$3,177.72||18%|
|Wollongong to Central (82.9km)||$3,120.00||$3,328.00||$3,744.00||20%|
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“The increase in train fares proposed by IPART for commuters living in the southern Illawarra imposes a hefty slug.
“These fare increases are unfair and I call on the Government to reject these IPART proposals.”
11 May 2016