Sydney Trains has backed down from increasing the collection of peak hour fares in the new timetable.
There will be no changes to Opal’s peak hour fare period.
Commuters may have to pay more to get to and from work under the new timetable. New extended peak hour times have quietly been introduced starting 26 November.
Crowds will no longer gather at 8:55am waiting for 9:01am’s off-peak fares. Instead commuters will now have to pay the peak fare from 6 – 10am.
Afternoon commuters will also be slugged the peak fare from 3 – 7pm from late November. The current peak period is from 7 – 9am and 4 – 6.30pm.
The Transport Information Line was not able to provide further information about the changes to peak hour periods and fares. However signage and staff at local train stations have confirmed the network wide changes.
Update: Transport for NSW has been asked to provide a formal statement regarding the changes. A response will be published when received.