Sunshine Coast travellers that use the Translink 601 bus route are being urged to have their say on the future of their route as part of the SEQ Bus Network Review.
Caloundra MP Mark McArdle said following the SEQ Bus Network Review, route 601 is recommended to be removed, as often fewer than seven people use each service.
The 601 trip services stops in zones 15, 16 and 17 at Caloundra, Currimundi, Kawana and Maroochydore. Beginning at Caloundra Bus Station servicing Caloundra Private Hospital, Kawana Shopping World, and ending at Cornmeal Parade at the Sunshine Plaza. This current route includes Innovation Parkway where the Kawana Private hospital is located, along with many coast medical specialists.
Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League president Frank Gower said changing the service would be detrimental to many elderly passengers who rely on buses as their mode of transportation.
‘’A deviation of this route won’t work. People need a short and sweet journey to get to where they are going quick,’’ Mr Gower said.
‘’This route takes people, especially the elderly, to vital services such as the Caloundra Private Hospital, Kawana medical suites and of course shopping centres.
‘’Translink’s duty of care is to provide a sensible service and changing that will be detrimental.
‘’Doubling of services and deviation of routes just won’t work, it means delays and delays to senior people is unacceptable.’’
Mr McArdle said passengers will be able to use routes 600 or 602 to reach their destination.
‘’Customers who are currently serviced solely by route 601 will be served instead by the realigned route 607, however I would like to see this changed to include Innovation Parkway, the people in Caloundra need to get to their medical specialists not to the University’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘’Members of the public have an opportunity to provide feedback into the review over the next two weeks.
‘’I strongly recommend those who do utilise the service to speak up and make sure they fight for their route to continue.’’
Following the feedback, changes are set to be implemented from mid-2013.
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