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‘Cancellations, collisions and soaring prices’ – this is privatisation

Jul 29, 2013Uncategorized

The first year is done and the results are in – privatised ferries have been a disaster, with more cancellations, collisions and soaring prices.

A recent Sydney Morning Herald report has revealed that since Harbour City Ferries took over a year ago:

  • Ferry cancellations rose 25 per cent and by 50 per cent when bad weather was excluded
  • Manly cancellations adjusting for bad weather have leapt 73 per cent
  • There have been five ferry collisions in the past year  – there were none in 2011-12
  • Customer complaints have risen across the ferry service, from 3.3 per cent to 4.2 per cent.
  • Cancellations across the service rose from 495 to 621
  • Manly cancellations doubled to 229. Manly also had 176 fewer services in the year
  • Fares for all ferry passengers will rise by at least 25 per cent from September. Manly commuters face a 39 per cent price rise from September, with weekly tickets costing an extra $884 a year

Read the full report here.

The report also stated: “Sydney Ferries was barred from tendering for the $800 million, seven-year ferry contract, yet it appears the government services were more reliable than private contractor Veolia Transdev.”

The next question is: why is the O’Farrell Government going down this road to privatise our other public transport, like buses?