Sydney Commuters To Be Slugged With Higher Opal Fares From Next Month

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Sydney Commuters To Be Slugged With Higher Opal Fares From Next Month

Sydney commuters will be slugged with higher Opal fares from next month as a hike of 2.2 per cent is introduced.

It'll mean that passengers will be paying about 39 cent extra a week although, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance reckons that the increase is actually a good thing.

Mr Constance said that the rise was lower than the 4.2 per cent that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's had recommended to reflect the rate of inflation as the government focused on keeping "downward pressure on the cost of living".

"The reason we're doing this is we want people to catch public transport, we want it to be affordable," he said

"Taxpayers subsidise public transport already but the contribution that's made through the farebox also adds to the vital services that are growing across the network week on week."

Mr Constance was also quick to add that that had "done exactly the same as last year."

"Before that we actually had fare freezes so we've had a slight increase with inflation," he continued. "And this government has clearly demonstrated an ability to keep downward pressure on fares." 

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