Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian visit Strathfield - Opal expansion on the cards

Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian will be making a major transport announcment tomorrow at Strathfield Station - expected to be an expansion of the Opal Card.

They will be joined by Strathfield and Drummoyne MPs Charles Casuscelli and John Sidotti.

The card is currently is currently in use on Sydney Ferries, City Circle stations, Eastern suburbs and North Shore lines. An extension to the Inner West would be welcomed by commuters.

Train transport has been under the spotlight recently, with the opposition claiming the Opal Card is actually making fares more expensive.

The Opposition says some commuters are now paying $200 a year more for tickets than when Barry O'Farrell became Premier in 2010.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says the Government has in fact limited fare increases, despite a recommendation from the state's Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

"We're only increasing fares by the consumer price index, so as the cost of living increases obviously the cost of everything," Ms Berejiklian said.

"I'm really pleased to say that Opal card users will actually experience a freeze in fares and all other transport users will experience a modest increase in line with the cost of living."

Strathfield Station has undergone recent upgrades - the train timetable screens have been moved and Transport NSW are clearing the concourse for better commuter flow.   

Construction began at the end of last year and Transport NSW anticipate the works to be completed later this year


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