Do high fares keep you from using public transport?
Do high fares keep you from using public transport? Claudia Baxter

5% drop in Queensland public transport fares

FOR the first time in Queensland's history public transport fares have gone down. But Labor says fares are only one reason people are staying away from trains and buses.

Premier Campbell Newman celebrated the 5% drop in fares on Monday, stating it was just one way his government was addressing cost of living pressures.

But opposition transport spokesperson Jackie Trad said too few and unreliable services were the real issues facing public transport.

"We understand why people want to see relief in terms of public transport fares. But we understand what people will see is that true fare reform that Newman promised when he stood for election in 2012 has not been delivered on," she said.

"It's not just about fares, it's about quality of services that people can access to get to work, get around on the weekend, get to events.

"There will be a difference from what happens in the south-east corner and what happens out of the south-east corner. Out of the south-east corner, people in regional Queensland want more services - not less. People in south-east Queensland want reliability."

She said passenger numbers had decreased by 1.5 million people each year since the LNP came to power.

Mr Newman said the fare reduction would save commuters more than $100 each year.

"The savings are significant and, when added up over a whole year, could buy the family groceries for several weeks or buy a month's worth of petrol for the family car," he said.

"We promised to deliver cost of living relief for passengers as part of our strong plan to get more people back on to public transport."

Mr Newman said the scheduled fare increase in January had been cancelled - a promise Ms Trad could not commit to.

"The Labor party will be delivering its public transport policy in the coming months in the lead up to the State election," she said.

Despite the decrease, south-east Queensland's fares are still among the highest in the world.

- APN NEWSDESK


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