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Ongoing fare increases leave commuters irate

COSTLIER FARE: Hannah Robin, 18, of Raceview, is disappointed Translink is increasing public transport fares.
COSTLIER FARE: Hannah Robin, 18, of Raceview, is disappointed Translink is increasing public transport fares. David Nielsen

IPSWICH commuters will be slugged a fare hike when returning to public transport after the holiday period next week for the fourth straight year.

The Newman government will introduce a 7.5% Translink fare rise and, according to public transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow, Ipswich commuters have seen fares rise by 72.5% in the past five years.

Workers commuting to Brisbane face a $64 bill for a nine-trip week, while travelling by train from Ipswich to East Ipswich stations will set you back $3.28 for a one station trip.

Mr Dow said his organisation would continue to push for a review of Translink's fare structure.

Translink's fares are among the most expensive in the world yet don't deliver the same service, Mr Dow said.

"We are sitting at the top which is unfair for our community. We are as expensive as Paris and London, but they have trains running every minute," he said.

"The failed fare path over the last five years has been nothing short of a disaster and is anti-public transport."

A spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the LNP would deliver the fare policy it took the election.

"While we would like to do more in terms of fares relief, our priority will be to improve the state's finances," the spokesman said.

"When compared to the scheduled hikes, the LNP policies will save a regular commuter travelling two zones about $115 a year or $216 a year for a regular commuter from Ipswich to Brisbane."

Commuter Hannah Robin said the fares were already hurting her pocket. The 18-year-old Raceview resident travels to Booval for work, with the $4.50 each way trip costing her 30 minutes pay each day.

FARE FACTS

  • The rise was halved from the former Labor government's planned 15% hike.
  • A return trip to Brisbane will cost more than $14.
  • Affordability was identified in Translink's annual report as an issue for commuters.

Topics:  commuting, fare increase, public transport, translink


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