Review Recommends Route 669 Bus to Stay

07/03/2013

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, has today welcomed the release of Translink's draft bus network recommendations that sees the trail 669 route set to become a permanent service.

"After strong patronage numbers during the trial period, I am pleased to see Translink recommending that Route 669 becomes a permanent service," Mr Holswich said.

"This is a great win for Lawnton and Bray Park commuters."

The route is also set to receive additional services to improve options for commuters. It will also now provide a connection with Bray Park Railway Station and will incorporate Ellis St, Lawnton.

"These aspects of the proposed permanent 669 service are great wins for Pine Rivers commuters."

However, Mr Holswich has already expressed his concerns to the office of the Minister for Transport and Main Roads about the proposed removal of services around Slater Ave, Tulip St and Bray Rd on both the 669 and 673 routes.

"This is unacceptable and I will be fighting to ensure continued services for residents in this part of Lawnton," Mr Holswich said.

"I have already spoken today to the Minister's office about services in these streets and I will ensure residents voices are heard during the consultation period."

"I will also continue to push for weekend services on the 669 route."

Other changes to Pine Rivers services include the removal of the 678 service between Warner and Petrie.

"As was reported in The Courier Mail this morning, this service was only being used by an average of 1.2 passengers per trip - this is unsustainable and not a justifiable use of taxpayer funds."

Route 673 has also been overhauled to provide a more direct route, rather than the current loop service.

Route 674 has also been amended to provide a more direct route between Lawnton Railway Station and Strathpine Westfield.

Mr Holswich is urging local residents to have their say and provide their input during the consultation period between 11th and 24th March.

The report and full list of recommendations can be read at www.translink.com.au