Train Fares Go Up And Up

Train Fares Go Up And Up

Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport Scott Emerson

Train Timetable Tweak Doesn’t Ease Commuter Concerns

Victor P Taffa

A train timetable tweak won’t ease south-east Queensland commuters’ concerns about worsening congestion, delays and rising fares, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the train timetable change taking effect today was the first major upgrade in almost 15 years, yet the Bligh Labor Government still hadn’t got it right.

“Some suburban stations have been completely forgotten in this review and many commuters won’t see any change in reliability despite the extra money they’re forking over each and every trip.” Mr. Emerson said.

“Commuters have been whacked with a 20 % fare increase last year, 15 % this year, with more 15 % fare hikes planned every year until 2014.”

“The public transport fare hikes come on top of other Labor-inflicted cost of living increases in fuel, electricity and water that have left Queenslanders struggling to make ends meet.”

“Despite the massive fare hikes, commuters have seen little benefit with Labor refusing to respond to calls for discounted periodic fares.” Mr. Emerson said.

“The new Transport Minister came in promising action on periodic fares, but all she has really done is creating another committee and hike penalty fees.”

“Labor has been in Government for 20 of the past 22 years, but has done little to improve public transport services.”

“Under Labor, Queensland is always in catch up mode. In stark contrast, the Campbell Newman Liberal National Party team will forward plan, not live for the moment.” Mr. Emerson said.