Taxpayers have foot the bill for tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of taxis in the last year to ferry passengers around because of late, cancelled or overcrowded trains.
According to Freedom of Information documents obtained by the NSW Opposition, the Baird Government has spent $188,148.80 on taxi fares for stranded passengers since coming to office. Close to $30,000 was for the South Coast Line alone.
In some cases, it has cost hundreds of dollars for passengers to get to where they need to be including;
- A trip from Dapto to Moss Vale costing $277;
- A trip from Kiama to Bomaderry costing $240; and
- A trip from Kiama to Sydney Airport costing $390;
- A trip from Wollongong to Central costing $200.
The NSW Opposition recently revealed that peak train cancellations across the South Coast Line have increased by a staggering 40 per cent in the last year.