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The New South Wales Opposition says the State Government has failed to prepare for an increase in the use of public transport due to rising fuel costs.
Patronage on some train lines, including Sydney's western line, has increased by 6 per cent in the last year - double the projected growth.
Opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian says a shortage of services has left commuters stranded at rail platforms and bus stops.
"This is a public transport that hasn't been meeting the needs of the community well before petrol prices went up," she said.
"Now that petrol prices are forcing them back onto the network, regrettably there is simply nowhere for them to go.
Transport Minister John Watkins says increase has also been caused by population growth
Mr Watkins says the Government is doing its best to help commuters.
"We're spending more money on public transport this year than on roads and that's just about the first time that's happened," he said.
"That's largely due to the increase in patronage in our public transport systems - both rail and bus."
He says there will be some extra pressure on the system but the Government is taking action to ensure it can cope.
"When you get very quick growth over a short period of time on a rail system, it's obviously impossible to deliver brand new rail lines very quickly," he said.
"What we can do is with our clearways program, increase the capacity of a rail line, buying new rail carriages."
Ms Berejiklian says she is doubtful the Government can alleviate the pressure on the system.
"The State Government needs to act urgently by expediting what it's announced previously, but regrettably many of the promises it's made previously about delivering extra buses, extra carriages have blown out in time," she said.
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