Posted on 13. Dec, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Liberal National Government has today confirmed that commuters will again be hit with another massive public transport fare slug from January 1, 2013, the Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Fiona Richardson said.

Ms Richardson said that the Baillieu Liberal National Government confirmed on radio this morning that commuters would be slugged an additional 6.8% on average for their train, tram and bus tickets following hot on the heels of last year’s 8.6% fare increase.

“Family budgets copped a hammering last year thanks to the Baillieu Liberal National Government’s decision to increase the cost of a zone 1 and 2 ticket by over $200 per year and now we know the government are going to punish commuters all over again,” Ms Richardson said.

“Commuters will be furious that the Baillieu Liberal National Government will once again be picking their pockets on the eve of Christmas.”

Ms Richardson said that the Baillieu Liberal National Government’s decision to increase public transport fares again this year was made worse by the fact that they had scrapped Labor’s Victorian Transport Plan that would have seen new infrastructure and improvement to services.

“The Baillieu Liberal National Government has scrapped the Victorian Transport Plan and all of the public transport projects it contained but they have decided to keep the fare increases,” she said.

“Commuters will usually accept a reasonable fare rise if, in return, they are provided with better services – but the Government still have no comprehensive plan to improve public transport.”

Ms Richardson said that the Liberal National Government’s fare slug was a further slap in the face for commuters who already have to struggle with a public transport system that is getting progressively worse on Liberal Minister Terry Mulder’s watch.

“This year the Liberal National Government has added travel time to commuter’s journeys, scrapped premium station upgrades to pay for toilets for PSO’s and continued to prioritise upgrading a disused level crossing in Brighton,” she said.

“Metro Trains Strategic Operations plan also revealed that overcrowding will continue to get worse thanks to the Liberal National Government’s failure to order enough new metropolitan trains – leaving the system with 54 fewer trains than are needed by 2017.

“Considering that public transport is continuing to get worse on the Liberal National Government’s watch, Mr Mulder is truly deserving of the title of Christmas Grinch following his decision to slug commuters hundreds of dollars extra for their yearly public transport fares.”


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