Labor promises to slash airport rail access fee to $5 and add at least one new bus route from Miranda via St George

Hip pocket nerve: Labor is promising to slash the present airport stations access fee for airline travellers and remove it for airport workers.
Hip pocket nerve: Labor is promising to slash the present airport stations access fee for airline travellers and remove it for airport workers.

Labor is proposing new bus services between Miranda and Sydney Airport while also promising to cut the train access fee to $5.

Airport staff would pay no rail access fee at all under the policy announced by NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley.

Mr Foley said improved public transport links to the airport would be a priority if Labor was elected in 2019.

Mr Foley said a Labor government would negotiate with the private operator of the airport rail line to slash the stations access fee for airline travellers to $5, on top of the standard Opal fare.

The present access fee is $14.30 fee adults and $12.80 for children and concession card holders.

The access fee for airport workers is capped at $29 per week.

Mr Foley said, Sydney Airport figures revealed about 10,000 of the airport’s 30,900 workforce lived in St George and Sutherland Shire.

”Right now, there is one only one public bus service to the airport – the 400 from Burwood to Bondi Junction,” he said.

“Labor will investigate new bus route options, including, delivering a service from Miranda via St George to the airport, a broken promise from the Liberal government’s 2013 Sydney's Bus Future plan.

“Labor will also re-route the 410 bus route from Bondi Junction to Miranda so it stops at the airport.”

Mr Foley said the proposals would significantly reduce road traffic in the area.

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