SHELLHARBOUR COMMUTERS FACE 38% FARE INCREASE

MEDIA RELEASE


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

Illawarra

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

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