Minister Carlisle takes train to gauge commuter sentiment around Cosatu and Chamber of Commerce's Metrorail fare increase deal
2 Apr 2012
Tomorrow, Tuesday 3 April, Transport and Public Works Minister Robin Carlisle will take a train from Kraaifontein to Cape Town to gauge commuter sentiment around the 13 to 21% fare increase imposed by Metrorail, after negotiations with Cosatu and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Minister yesterday accused Cosatu and the Chamber of 'selling out' commuters by negotiating the increase.
Members of the media wishing to join the Minister are asked to RSVP Steven Otter by sending an sms to 084 233 3811.
Date: 3 April 2012
Time: 7am sharp
Place: Kraaifontein Station
Minister Carlisle said yesterday:
'In my discussions with Metrorail's regional management, in my communications with the Deputy Minister of Transport and in my public statements I have consistently stated that the increases should be limited to single digit figures.
'What is more, these increases are on top of the 33% fare increase in 2010 – since then, Metrorail's services have deteriorated significantly.
'It is also unacceptable that the increases are effective from 1 April. As I have said in the past, commuters should have been given at least a month to plan their finances,' said Carlisle.
Cell: 084 233 3811
Issued by: Western Cape Transport and Public Works
2 Apr 2012
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