Rural bus fares to go up but no improvement in services

IPART has released today the price increases for NSW rural and regional bus fares. From 1 January 2013, fares will go up by an average of 3.3 per cent.

“This price rise is of concern as it’s above current inflation rates and there has been no mention of an improvement to services,” said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

“People in rural and regional NSW are among those most likely to experience transport disadvantage due to insufficient services; a lack of accessible services for people with disabilities; and unaffordability – rural transport fares are substantially more than those in metropolitan areas.

“Adequate and affordable transport is essential to combating social isolation and allowing people who do not drive to access essential services, including health services.

“CPSA calls for eligibility to the $2.50 Regional Excursion Daily ticket to be extended to people who hold a Low Income Health Care Card as many people on low incomes are not entitled to concessional fares. This limits their access to affordable transport, resulting in isolation and an inability to attend job interviews and medical appointments,” said Ms Christie.

Media Contact: Amelia Christie, Senior Policy Advisor
0410 612 182

CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has 139 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of over 29,000 people.