Another shake-up of city bus routes

RESEARCH: Sean Choat speaks with Gunther Stolz.
RESEARCH: Sean Choat speaks with Gunther Stolz. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH bus routes are set to be revamped with some merged and others given an increase in frequency.

The QT understands that the proposed revamp will see no changes to the 529 route from Toogoolawah to Ipswich or the 514 route from Tivoli/Moores Pocket to Booval after Ipswich West MP Sean Choat gave his guarantee the two routes would be preserved.

Route 529 has been saved after Mr Choat tabled a petition in parliament at the last sitting with 2200 signatures to save the line.

After a day spent on the buses last month Mr Choat said one item of feedback was crucial.

"People would like to see more frequency," he said.

Public Transport Assistant Minister Steve Minnikin said the proposed changes "would involve restructuring existing routes and adding services to improve frequency on routes from Goodna to Springfield, Goodna to Ipswich and Ipswich to One Mile and Leichhardt".

Three corridors on the Ipswich, Goodna and Springfield bus network would be simplified and receive further reinforcements. "Better corridor frequency is a key plank in the State Government's plan to attract people back on to public transport," Mr Minnikin said.

"Route 500 (Riverlink Shopping Centre to Goodna station) is currently hourly and passengers tell us they will use it more if we improve the frequency.

"There is also a proposal to extend some trips on route 515 (Brassall to Yamanto) to Willowbank and replace route 508 (Yamanto to Willowbank) to simplify this part of the network, yet maintaining the current service levels to Willowbank. The other key change would merge routes 522 (Orion Springfield to Goodna shops) and 530 (Orion Springfield to Goodna) to provide a simple frequent service between Goodna and Springfield."

There is also a recommendation to reduce duplication in the Woodend area by combining routes 512 (Brassall to Riverlink Shopping Centre) and 513 (Woodend Loop), which Mr Minnikin said were both low-patronage services.

Suggested options, along with cost recovery and loading ratings for each of south-east Queensland's 450 bus routes, are available at translink.com.au with public comment open for two weeks from Monday, December 3.

"It's important for passengers to have their say before we make final decisions," Mr Minnikin said. "This is the most comprehensive review of bus services ever conducted in south-east Queensland."



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