Holswich to Fight for Efficient Pine Rivers Bus Network

27/07/2012

Pine Rivers MP, Mr Seath Holswich, has welcomed the recently announced review of South East Queensland bus services and has committed to fighting for bus services that meet the needs of Pine Rivers residents.

"Residents have been telling me for a long time now that our bus services aren't adequately meeting their needs. This review is an opportunity for us to better align commuter needs with the available bus services."

"I am committed to fighting for better bus services for Pine Rivers residents - I always have been and always will be."

"However, commuters need to understand that in the current economic climate, we cannot continue to heavily subsidise under-utilised services. There is a genuine chance that some services will be removed. We need to be prepared for that."

"I've spoken with many commuters on the 669 route and told them that they need to use their service, or else they'll eventually lose it. It would be poor economic management by the government to do anything different."

Mr Holswich is keen to hear from commuters about both good and bad aspects of the current routes and timetables, even before the official review commences.

"I am happy to push for changes to services if they are necessary, but I'm asking Pine Rivers residents to help me understand where the issues are."

"I know that the 669 route needs more services, and I'll be raising that as an issue."

"I also know that the 673 route doesn't appear to be an effective route and probably needs an overhaul."

Mr Holswich will be meeting next week with Assistant Minister for Public Transport, Mr Steve Minnikin MP, to hold preliminary discussions about the review process.

Mr Holswich will also ensure residents are kept informed of the opportunities to have their say during the review.