Commuters to save as LNP passes on carbon tax savings

Queensland Government is cutting public transport fares by 5%
Queensland Government is cutting public transport fares by 5% Brett Wortman

COMMUTERS will pay 5% less when they ride public transport from today, as the Queensland Government discounts fares, passing on savings it says come from scrapping the carbon tax.

The $30 million saved by the dumping of the tax will be reinvested into the Queensland's public transport networks.

Premier Campbell Newman said those travelling to work from the Gold Coast to Brisbane over 16 zones would now save up to $297 per year.

Routes from parts of the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, including for those catching the train from Palmwoods to Brisbane Central, also cover 16 zones.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said it was part of the government's plans to keep down the cost of living.

There was no intention of raising the price of fares next year, he said.

A further 3000 bus and train services have been added to south-east Queensland as part of a government plan to improve Brisbane's public transport system.

Topics:  lnp premier campbell newman public transport

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