Labor hikes fares as Rail Fail rolls on and on

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is forcing Queenslanders to pay more for transport fares despite no timetable for the restoration of 472 axed services.

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queensland Rail had failed to meet its own target to recover full timetabled services by late 2018 and raising ticket and go-card prices yesterday was out of touch.

“Labor should not be putting fare prices up in any way, shape or form until rail services are restored,” Mr Mander said.

“Queensland commuters are paying more but getting less under Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“Labor plunged the transport network into chaos and Rail Fail led to huge timetable cuts across southeast Queensland.

“The Strachan Report shows Queensland Rail expected full timetabled services to be recovered by late 2018*, but that has come and gone without any improvements.

“It’s a disgrace Labor think it’s appropriate for fares to go up despite no end in sight for Rail Fail.

“Commuters are sick of waiting for trains that don’t show up and watching services bypass their station.

“Unreliable services and daily disruptions mixed with fare hikes will only lead to people avoiding using our public transport system, which is completely unacceptable.

“The LNP cut transport fares by 5 per cent and handed over the best-managed rail network in Australia to Labor in 2015 only to have it run into the ground.

“It’s clear that only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will restore our rail services.”

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