[News] Opal card fares to rise by 3 per cent from July

The NSW government will raise public transport fares by an average of 3 per cent early next month, less than the rate of inflation but double the size of the increase last year.

The annual increase in Opal fares from July 4 comes amid growing concerns about cost of living, which was one of the major issues during the recent federal election campaign and is expected to dominate the state poll next March.

While the average fare increase will be 3 per cent, a $50 weekly cap for adults, $25 for young people and concession holders, and a $2.50 daily cap for Gold Senior and Pensioner Opal cardholders will remain.

Opal fares will rise by 3 per cent on average on July 4.

Opal fares will rise by 3 per cent on average on July 4.Credit:Peter Rae

The latest increase compares with a 4.4 per cent rise in Sydney’s consumer price index over the 12 months to March. It is lower than a 5 per cent hike recommended by the state’s pricing regulator.

Last year, the increase in ticket prices was pegged to the rate of inflation, resulting in a 1.5 per cent rise.

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The changes from July 4 mean a one-way peak-hour train trip from Penrith to Central will increase from $6.99 to $7.24, while a journey from Hurstville to Town Hall will rise from $4.55 to $4.71, and one from Gosford to Central Station will jump from $8.99 to $9.31.

A ferry trip from Circular Quay to Manly will rise from $7.76 to $8.04 during peak hour.

The government argues that the below-inflation increase in fares will help ease cost-of-living pressures.

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