The NSW Government has announced that Opal fares will be adjusted in line with inflation instead of the full extent recommended by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

From 2 July, Opal fares will increase by 2.2 per cent to mirror CPI not IPART’s recommended annual increase of 4.2 per cent.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said the NSW Government was focused on keeping downward pressure on the cost of living and was therefore not introducing the inflated prices recommended by IPART in 2016.

“Since the introduction of OPAL in 2012, this government has kept the fares low with a five year fare freeze and then induction of an adjustment to fares by CPI only last year, and again this coming financial year,” Mr Constance said.

Gold Opal will not be adjusted at all and will remain at $2.50 for all day travel any day of the week. The popular Transfer Discount remains for both Adult Opal and concession Opal card customers.

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