Wednesday, 20 March 2019 14:10

Opal cap return welcome, toll cap next step

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Media release, 20 March 2019

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s promise to re-introduce a weekly cap on Opal fares.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “Western Sydney residents would welcome the introduction of a $50 per week cap on public transport travel, reversing the Government’s 2016 decision to remove the popular ‘free travel bonus’.”

“When the free travel cap was removed in early 2016, a five-day commute from Penrith to the city jumped from $51.68 per week to $75.50 per week,” he said.

“This move unfairly impacted Western Sydney commuters who typically travel longer-distances to reach jobs in Sydney’s east,” said Cr Calvert.

“We are pleased to see the Government has taken this feedback on board. The next logical step is a network cap for Sydney’s toll roads.

“In 2017, a Parliamentary Inquiry into NSW toll roads recommended the Government investigate a network-wide cap[1] to reduce the cumulative impact on long distance commuters,” said Cr Calvert.

“This is yet to be done, and we would like to see a commitment to having an informed, public debate on the way we pay for transport infrastructure in our city.

“WSROC will always encourage people to choose public transport over private vehicles where possible, however for many Western Sydney residents, public transport is still not a viable option.

“Our primary goal is to ensure that Western Sydney residents aren’t disadvantaged because of the investment decisions of successive governments,” said Cr Calvert.



 Media contact: Kelly Gee, 02 9671 4333, 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


[1] That the NSW Government investigate the costs and benefits of a capped toll across all of Sydney’s road network and publish this information so that the community can have an informed debate. From Road tolling in New South Wales – Final Report (20 October, 2017).

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