No longer will car parks at Darling, East Malvern and Holmesglen Stations be full of people driving into Zone 1 territory to get cheaper train fares, Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien, said after the Coalition Government announced that commuters would be able to travel in Zone 1 + 2 for the cheaper price of a Zone 1 fare.
“For a full fare commuter who currently buys a Zone 1 + 2 daily fare there will be a saving of around $5 a day,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien said the changes would provide significant cost of living savings for families as a result of commuters being able to travel in Zone 1 and 2 for the price of a Zone 1 fare.
By simplifying fare structures and providing free tram travel in the CBD, the Coalition Government is helping ease the pressure on family budgets.
People who begin and conclude their journey entirely within Zone 2 will continue to pay the current discounted fare.
These changes will come into effect on 1st of January 2015 and form part of the Coalition Government’s transport plan to deliver more services to more people more often.
“Labor is now trying to pretend that they will match this offer. But we all know that under Labor public transport was less reliable and less punctual.
“And what will happen to the PSO’s who currently patrol stations at Holmesglen and Armadale under Labor”, Mr O’Brien said.
Since coming to Government the Coalition:
- has added 1,078 new train services and 3,870 additional bus trips per week;
- has embarked upon an aggressive rail infrastructure program worth more than $7 billion;
- has purchased 43 new VLocity rail cars for the regional network;
- is purchasing 40 new trains for the metropolitan network;
- is delivering 50 new E-Class trams;
- has improved reliability and punctuality across the network;
- reduced the rate of fare evasion; and
- increased passenger safety with 665 PSOs deployed at 98 stations around Melbourne.
“These are just some of the many ways the Napthine Government is delivering better, safer and cheaper public transport, with more services moving more people more often,” Mr O’Brien said.