Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Liberal National Government is set to slug commuters with a massive public transport fare increase for the second time in as many years, Shadow Minister for Public Transport Fiona Richardson said today.

Ms Richardson said Health Minister David Davis admitted in Parliament this week that the Baillieu Liberal National Government would hike fares up again on January 1, 2013 on top of the 8.6 per cent fare increase that came into force at the start of this year.

“The Liberal National Government’s last fare slug hammered family budgets by increasing the cost of a V/Line ticket by 8.6 per cent, the biggest single increase in nearly a decade, and now they are going do it again,” Ms Richardson said.

“The cat is out of the bag and the Baillieu Liberal National Government will again slug commuters extra for a train, tram and bus ticket without guaranteeing that the extra revenue will be used to improve services.

“Terry ‘Fagan’ Mulder is clearly happy to pick a pocket or two without doing anything to fix public transport.

“Commuters have every right to be furious with the Baillieu Liberal National Government for confirming that they will hike up public transport fares again.

“Commuters will usually accept a reasonable fare rise if, in return, they are provided with better services – but the Baillieu Liberal National Government have no comprehensive plan for improving public transport.”

Ms Richardson said that by scrapping Labor’s transport plan and failing to deliver any alternative, the Baillieu Liberal National Government is forcing commuters to pay more without a guarantee that the money will be put back into improving services.

“This looks more like a cash grab to pay for Mr Baillieu’s $268,000 PSO toilet policy – toilets the general public will not be able to access,” she said.

“Transport Minister Terry Mulder has approved and signed off on the fare increase as MetroTrains skip stations to meet performance targets to receive multi-million dollar bonus payments and V/Line continues to suffer daily delays, major disruptions and cancellations.

“This again puts a lie to Mr Baillieu’s election promise to cut the cost of living and fix the problems with public transport.”

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