Day on the buses boosts MP's fight for services
SEAN Choat's commitment to preserving bus routes 529 and 514 intensified after his day on the buses in Ipswich yesterday.
The State Member for Ipswich West travelled both those routes and many others yesterday as he spoke to commuters about his government's plans for public transport and sought feedback from many of them. Mr Choat played a lead role in ensuring the 514 route from Tivoli/Moores Pocket to Booval was reinstituted after the previous government had cut it. He also is firmly committed to retaining route 529 from Toogoolawah to Ipswich route.
"There has been a lot of talk about the government wanting to improve the efficiency of bus services and I wanted to find out for myself by talking to our residents," he said.
"In 2010 I invested a lot in the 'save our buses' group. That group prevailed and we got the 514 reinstated.
"A lot of people are worried it is going to be axed but I intend to make sure that it isn't and make sure it is improved.
"When they put it back they didn't look at the issues. For instance, I'd like to see the 514 terminate at Booval Fair rather than at the train station because lot of people on it want to be able to go to the shops."
When we spoke to Mr Choat he had just been on the 513 through to Woodend/Coal Falls, the 515 to Brassall and the 506 to Leichhardt. He was impressed with the usage and said he wanted to add more frequent services.
"People would like to see more frequency," he said.
Mr Choat tabled a petition in parliament at the last sitting with 2200 signatures to save the Toogoolawah 529 line.
The QT spoke to several commuters were pleased to see their local member taking an active interest. Lynette Davies, a great-grandmother, said the One Mile service was punctual.
"I've got three little ones in my care and it makes it a lot easier when they are on time," she said.