LNP Candidate for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, has welcomed Translink’s announcement of a long overdue overhaul of the local bus network in Pine Rivers.
Mr Holswich, along with many local commuters, made a submission to Translink in 2011 recommending that routes be altered and new services introduced.
“I am pleased to see that many of the suggestions put forward by myself and other commuters are being implemented,” Mr Holswich said.
“Buses are an important transport option for many local residents and under the current routes and timetables, a bus journey is not always an efficient method of travel to local railway stations or Westfield Strathpine. Hopefully these changes will lead to an increase in bus patronage and increased levels of commuter satisfaction.”
Mr Holswich expressed his disappointment that these changes have taken so long to be introduced.
“In such a fast growing region, it is disappointing that the State Labor Government hasn’t been more proactive in providing quality public transport options to Brendale Industrial Estate and Warner Lakes prior to now. Public transport routes need to be at the forefront of planning in high growth regions, not simply an afterthought.”
Whilst Mr Holswich welcomes the announcement, the detail of the new routes and timetables have yet to be made available to the public.
“These new services are scheduled to commence in late February, however new timetables and route maps are nowhere to be found on the Translink website. Translink need to ensure that commuters are given adequate time to prepare for the changes prior to their implementation.”
“This is an important issue that impacts the daily lives of many locals,” Mr Holswich said. “I am pleased that I have been able to represent Pine Rivers residents throughout this process and ensure their voices were heard.”