Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has today called on Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian to commit to maintaining the fare-free zone in Newcastle.

With the government due to cut the rail line on December 26 the CBD will be thrown into commuter chaos and the fare free zone is an important part of moving people around the CBD.


“My office has received a number of calls from concerned commuters who have noticed that the fare-free zone signage has been removed from bus stops within the CBD.”


“The government needs to be upfront with commuters about the impacts of cutting the rail line. Cutting the fare-free zone will remove another service from the inner city public transport network. The only thing the government seems intent on is removing transport option in the city.” Mr Crakanthorp said.


The government have replace three key inner city train stations with inadequate and  undersized suburban bus shelters they will not even meet the needs of  regular bus commuters travelling in peak time without the addition of hundreds of rail commuters.


“This is just another example of the poor planning and community consultation involved with this project.”


 “Commuters will be left standing out in the blistering sun or the pouring rain.” Mr Crakanthorp said.

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