The introduction of a new bus route linking Lawnton Station to Westfield Strathpine via Bray Park is a win for commuters and a victory for common sense, LNP Candidate for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said today.
This change comes after weeks of pressure from local residents after vital links were removed under Translink’s timetable changes for the Pine Rivers area.
“This is a victory for common sense,” Mr Holswich said. “It is still hard to fathom that Translink thought it was suitable in the first place to remove links to a major medical centre and the region’s largest shopping precinct.”
Mr Holswich had spent much of the past fortnight working with residents to get their bus services restored.
“Unlike our local State Labor MP and State Labor Candidate, I have spent time on the ground listening to the concerns of residents and fighting on their behalf. Residents feel like they’ve been taken for a ride by Labor over this issue. They have not seen or heard from their local Labor representatives and it shows yet again that Labor are taking the people of Pine Rivers for granted. It’s just more of the same from this tired, out of touch 20 year old Labor government.”
Last Monday Mr Holswich and the Shadow Minister for Transport, Mr Scott Emerson MP, toured the local area, talking with residents and with staff from the Bray Park Medical Centre about the impact of the changes. This followed a series of Community Corners held by Mr Holswich to ensure all issues from all commuters were heard and understood.
Mr Holswich also started a petition calling on the State Labor Government to review the timetable changes. Over 200 signatures were tabled in State Parliament this week.
“I am pleased that I have been able to fight alongside residents on this issue. I am committed to tackling the issues that are important to the people of Pine Rivers and if elected, will continue to work tirelessly to give Pine Rivers back its voice in State Parliament.”
The route map for the new 669 service has been added to Translink’s website and is understood to be operating as a trial route for several months.
The new route is a direct route, rather than the often criticised loop services that have operated in the area for a number of years.
“The new route isn’t perfect for all commuters and there are a couple of changes that should still be considered, but it’s a vast improvement on what had previously been announced.”
“This new service will give bus commuters a direct link to Westfield Strathpine as well as neighbouring medical services, professional services and Centrelink. It also restores the bus service for residents of Slater Avenue in Lawnton.”