A Foley Labor government will give long-suffering train commuters from Lane Cove refunds for avoidable delays to their journey.
The Berejiklian Liberal Government has consistently ruled out compensating train travellers, despite consistent delays across the network as a result of Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s failure to properly resource his failed timetable.
This week, as train travellers faced yet more delays across the network due to driver shortage, Labor announced its Fair Fares policy.
Under Labor’s policy Opal cardholders will be able to apply for a refund if their train is running more than half an hour late.
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal will be charged with ensuring commuters hit by avoidable delays such as a lack of drivers, a broken down train, IT failures or maintenance receive a refund.
Labor’s policy comes as recent data shows that this year was the worst in a decade for on time running of Sydney’s trains.
Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley
“The train system lurches from crisis to crisis - the delays on the Sydney train network under the Premier and her Transport Minister are not good enough ‘’
“For the first time we will introduce a full fair refund to people who have been delayed for 30 minutes or more on the train network.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“The Berejiklian Government constantly says they have learned the lessons from the latest meltdown but avoidable delays keep on occurring.
“Labor believes that people should be treated fairly and our policy will go some way to compensating for their inconvenience.”
Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Lane Cove Andrew Zbik
“Labor’s Fair Fares announcement is welcome news for Lane Cove train commuters, who have spent too many mornings left waiting on station platforms.”