How much will you save?

The Queensland Government announced Translink public transport fares would be slashed to just 50 cents for a six month period beginning 5 August. Picture: JACOB HAYDEN

How much money will the new 50 cent Translink public transport fare save you?

The cost-of-living measure was announced by the Queensland Government on Sunday, 26 May and promised existing commuters stood to save thousands of dollars, that is assuming they have access to public transport.

Member for Nanango and Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living Deb Frecklington said northern Somerset only has two public transport services, one between Toogoolawah and Ipswich and the other Kilcoy to Caboolture.

“With such restricted options, the majority of the community must rely on their own private transport, or the kindness of friends, family, or volunteer services when they need to travel to the major centres for medical appointments, or shopping,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“This announcement is definitely not going to be helping them.”

Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald said he had not received confirmation routes within his electorate would be included in the trial program.

“In Lockyer, there are 11 rail buses running from Gatton to Rosewood Monday to Friday and only four on Saturday and three Sunday with the same number returning,” Mr McDonald said.

“In our area of the Somerset region (Lowood and Fernvale) there are only three services from Lowood to Ipswich via Fernvale each day.

“We are fighting to see these services included in the 50c fare opportunity but have not received confirmation that these routes will be included at this stage.

“We will continue to fight to see these included, but the measure will not assist many of our families who rely on personal travel options or family and friends for transport.”

Mrs Frecklington said the government was forced to take these measures ‘because of their past failures to address the Queensland Cost of Living Crisis’.

“The LNP will support any measure that eases the financial pressures Queensland families are facing under Labor but will also, in contrast to Labor, have a focus on delivering the solutions our growing State needs to ease pressure on Queensland families in the long-term too,” Mrs Frecklington said.

The announcement coincides with Able Australia’s plan to stop its transport services funded by the Federal Government in Somerset due to inadequate funding.

Able’s services in Somerset will significantly reduce from 1 October 2024.

The State Government’s 50 cent fare program will begin on 5 August.