Maitland Hit With Double Fare Increase For Half The Journey

Maitland Hit With Double Fare Increase For Half The Journey

New South Wales Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison

Government Buys More Time To Sell Fare Increases

Victor P Taffa

In the face of pressure by the State Opposition and more than 1,000 community and stakeholder submissions, the Baird Government has this week asked the regulator IPART (Independent Pricing And Regulatory Tribunal) for an extension of time to approve higher public transport fares.

Despite having almost four months to respond to the draft proposal, the Government has written to IPART seeking a six-week extension.

“Higher fares are coming; this is the Government simply buying time.” Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison said.

“The Baird Government is working on its sales pitch to try and soften the blow of steep fare increases.”

The State Opposition believes the Baird Government is simply buying time so that it can develop a sales pitch to public transport users facing significantly higher fares.

The release of the proposed new fare structure by the Government late last year sparked outrage amongst commuters with many facing train fare increases of up to $959 a year.

“Commuters are clear on this they don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars more in fares for the same congested services.” Ms. Aitchison said.

“These fare increases are cruel and unjustified. We should be encouraging more people to use public transport not slugging commuters up to $959 more just to catch a train to and from work.”

Five-day-a-week commuters travelling medium and long distances from the Hunter on the train are hardest hit.

The eight-trip cap is also set to be replaced by a ten-trip cap, while the $60 weekly cap on public transport fares is also predicted to rise well above CPI.

The new fare structure is due to be in place by 1 July 2016.


Train Fare Increases for Regular (Five Days a Week) Commuters at 1 July 2016

Origin Station                                     Maitland

Destination Stations                            Hamilton

Weekly Increase from June 2016        $18.44

Yearly Increase                                   $958.88

Per Cent Increase                                48%

Newcastle Railway Line destroyed by the Baird Government

Newcastle Railway Line destroyed by the Baird Government









Newcastle Railway Line

The Baird Government cutback the Newcastle Railway Line and has doubled the fares charged for Hunter Valley residents.

Those in most need of a direct rail service to Newcastle CBD have been hit the hardest.

Premier Mike Baird, Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian have no regard for the needs of rail commuters in the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Newcastle but simply did the bidding of the Car Industry in cutting the Newcastle Rail Line before Parliament had been forced to change the law.

The Car Industry would never accept that a road should be cutback or truncated.

The half baked Transport Interchange arrangements at Wickham are a shambles and leave people waiting around and treated like second class citizens.