Gold Coast public transport fares slashed

GOLD Coasters will soon see public transport fares slashed by 5 per cent.

It comes as a result of public consultation, which saw Queenslanders vote in favour of reducing fares rather than increasing services.

The public poll was launched as a way to determine how to best spend 30 million dollars in savings from the scrapping of the carbon tax.


Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said feedback clearly showed Queenslanders wanted cheaper fares.

“Under our strong plan, we promised to deliver cost of living relief for families and this announcement means Queenslanders will pay five per cent less to use public transport,” Mr Newman said.

Additionally, fares will be frozen throughout 2015 in an effort by the Newman Government to address cost of living pressures.

“What this means is that a mum or dad travelling to work in the Brisbane CBD from the Gold Coast will save more than $297 a year, or nearly $2000 compared to what they would have paid under Labor.,” Mr Emerson said.

Mr Emerson said almost 22,000 people from across Queensland gave their view, and 74 per cent voted for cheaper fares.

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

The reductions are set to come into effect from November 3.