Fares to decrease on trains, buses and metro

Students, cyclists and rural areas to benefit most from new deal to drop the price of public transport

June 12th, 2012 1:57 pm| by admin

Public transport fares are set to be reduced as much as 20 percent under a deal struck by the government, Enhedslisten and Dansk Folkeparti that will increase funding for public transport and improved cycle infrastructure.

The biggest reductions will be made on the price of travelling on weekends and outside of rush hour, but the agreement also allocates 300 million kroner to support the HyperCard, a pilot programme that provides unlimited transportation to students between school and home for 300 kroner a month. 

Along with 285 million kroner being spent over the next five years to improve public transport outside of urban areas, 190 million kroner is being set aside for improvements to bike lanes in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense.

Henning Hyllested, the Enhedslisten traffic spokesperson, said there was not enough money for an across-the-board reduction in fares. He also said that none of the funds allocated would be going to the scandal-ridden IC4 trains. 

Hyllested said that his party would not allocate more funding for the trains, already nine years behind schedule and a billion kroner over budget, until it can be proven that those trains will actually run.

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