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The NSW government's windfall from fees charged to passengers who use trains to get to and from Sydney Airport topped more than $110 million last year.
The 10 per cent rise in revenue from the station access fee on the Airport Line takes the amount collected by the government over the past five years to more than $420 million.
A one-way train trip between central Sydney and Australia's busiest airport costs an adult passenger $19.40, making it the most expensive journey on the network. Of the ticket price, $14.90 comprises the access fee passengers are charged when they pass though station gates at the airport's international and domestic terminals.
The access fee for stations at Sydney Airport is $14.90 for adult passengers.CREDIT:RHETT WYMAN
NSW Labor's acting leader, Yasmin Catley, said the access fee was "just another example of the government slugging commuters to shore up its increasingly precarious budget surplus".
"Travellers and workers at Kingsford Smith Airport need affordable public transport. Instead they are being used to help the government balance the books," she said.
Labor went to the state election in March 2019 promising to cut the station access fee to $5, and scrapping it altogether for the tens of thousands who work at the airport.
But the state's transport agency said every dollar the government received from the fees was "ploughed straight back into improving services or delivering better infrastructure for customers".
"Removing the station access fee would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and there is no plan to do so," Transport for NSW said.
About 9.5 million journeys were taken on trains to and from the airport stations in 2018, a 14 per cent increase – or 1.2 million trips – on two years earlier.
Sydney Airport has repeatedly lobbied the government to cut the fee to encourage more people to travel by public transport, thereby easing pressure on roads.
The $110 million the government received from the fee in the year to June – up from $100 million in the prior period – is detailed in accounts filed with the corporate regulator by the company that operates stations on the Airport Line, which was opened just before the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
This article first appeared on www.watoday.com.au
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