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Powell Media Release – Cheaper fares for Glass House (22 September 2014)

22 September 2014
Glass House families will pay less to catch public transport after the Queensland Government announced fares are to be cut by five per cent with savings from the scrapped carbon tax.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said the LNP Government was the first in Queensland history to reduce fares across the state for bus, train and ferry passengers.

“Unlike Labor, we are revitalising front line services and reducing the cost of living in Glass House,” Mr Powell said.

“Families in my community now have more money in their back pockets than they would have under Labor – which put fares up by 52 per cent in their last three years of government.

“Fares will be also be frozen in 2015, so Queenslanders will actually save 7.5 per cent next year.

“It’s a terrific result for Queenslanders and serves as more proof that this State Government is delivering a strong plan for a brighter future.

“Gone are the days of Labor’s affordability crisis. Now Glass House parents travelling to work and their children getting to school will all pay five per cent less from 3 November.

“A mum or dad travelling to work in the Brisbane CBD from the Sunshine Coast will save around $300 per year. That is a saving of nearly $2000 per year compared to what passengers would have paid for under Labor,” Mr Powell said.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said more than 22,000 people had taken part in the two-week survey, with 74 per cent of the public opting to have lower fares.

“We left it up to Queenslanders to decide where up to $30 million of carbon tax savings should be reinvested and their clear choice was a reduction in fares,” Mr Emerson said.

“Queenslanders now are paying less for a weekly go-card than they were under Labor.

“Under our policies we have added 3,000 extra bus and train services to the network, trains are running on time at a record 96 per cent and up to 80,000 passengers are benefiting from our free travel after nine weekly journeys initiative.”

The survey closed at midnight on 14 September and gave Queenslanders the choice to re-invest carbon tax savings to either increase services or reduce fares.

[ENDS] 22 September 2014

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