Australia NSW minister requests review of Opal fares

00:59  13 july  2018
00:59  13 july  2018 Source:

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NSW 's transport minister hasn't ruled out a hike in Opal fares after the next state election. Transport. NSW minister requests review of Opal fares .

The NSW transport minister has stopped short of confirming or denying if Opal fares will rise after the state election while a review into prices is underway.

A rise in Opal fares could be on the cards for Sydneysiders, with the NSW government ordering a review of prices on the back of "improvements" being made to the state's transport system.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to determine the "appropriate maximum fares" for Opal public transport services until June 30, 2024.

In his submission, Mr Constance said the government's "improvements" to the public transport network warranted consideration with Sydney Metro, light rail and on-demand services on the way.

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The submission asks IPART to take into account the "costs and level" of Opal services when considering the "relative contributions" customers should make.

It follows a 2.2 per cent rise to Opal fares on July 2. The increase, which is in line with NSW's inflation rate, will stand until June 2019.

Opal card. © Getty Opal card. Mr Constance at the time said he didn't want travellers to be "slugged down" which is why the government didn't go ahead with IPART's proposal to bump up fares by 4.2 per cent.

Labor's transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay said the government needs to be transparent and tell the public how much they will be paying for transport beyond June 2019.

She's concerned Opal fares could increase substantially given road tolls have increased almost twice the inflation rate.

"It's a cost of living issue, people are already paying massive tolls," Ms McKay told AAP on Thursday.

"Public transport needs to be affordable."

Mr Constance has asked IPART to deliver its determination no later than February 28, 2020.

The NSW transport minister has been contacted for comment.

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