Anderson pushes for better Opal Card access in Regional NSW
Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail Kevin Anderson met with the office of Minister for Transport Andrew Constance today in a push to have Opal card purchase and top-up stations located throughout regional NSW.
Mr Anderson said the community has expressed concerns with the lack of availability of top up and purchase stations in regional areas citing it a major inconvenience.
“While we’re not yet able to use the Opal card on regional trains and buses, many local people travel to Sydney and need to use public transport so it makes sense that we have fair access to the electronic ticketing system.
“Currently if you’re living in regional NSW and you want to put money on your Opal card you need to enter your credit card details online or over the phone which many people aren’t able or aren’t comfortable doing which is why we need to provide local services.
“Whether people are flying from regional centres into Sydney, catching the airport train into the city or catching the regional train service or bus to Sydney and then linking via the city rail and bus network, it’s important to know that their Opal card has enough money on it so they can use it, rather than being caught short and having to find a top up station when they get there.
“The Opal card is a great initiative however I want to make sure that people travelling to Sydney feel confident to use it and being able to locally purchase and top up your Opal card will help that.
“The last of the old paper tickets will no longer be sold or accepted from Monday 1 August which is why I am addressing this issue so that people in regional NSW won’t be disadvantaged when they travel.”
“I want to make travel fair and accessible for people right across NSW not just those who live in the big smoke which is why I will continue to work with the Minister’s office to push for this service to be made available as soon as possible,” Mr Anderson concluded.