Robert Dow.
Robert Dow.

Group offers solutions to bus woes

A COMMUTER advocacy group for public transport users has proposed a modified 505 bus route be reinstated in Ipswich in the wake of the service’s recent axing.

Three Ipswich bus routes were scrapped on December 13 – the 505, 510 and 523 – a move which has sparked a number of community meetings and protests.

Rail Back On Track spokesman Robert Dow said public feedback had shown the axing of the 505 bus route had the most impact.

“The FlexiLink replacement service is operating but it is not the best solution for all,” he said.

Mr Dow said TransLink could reinstitute a modified 505 bus route devised by his group, which can be seen in full detail at the website, http://backontrack.org, to ease the ongoing concerns.

The suggested route would depart Bell Street, take in Riverlink and cover most of the area of the old 505 route.

“The new 505 route could be a low floor midi bus, 33-seater, as a dedicated bus,” he said.

“Many elderly citizens have mobility access issues with FlexiLink taxis.

“Another alternate is new 515 services could be rerouted along the old 505 route from the intersection of Pine Mountain Road and Waterworks Road with the university services running through to Tivoli and the Brassall services linking to the Yamanto services.

“We welcome TransLink’s commitment to further improve the FlexiLink services, but in the case of the 505 bus we request a rethink and restoration of a bus service, albeit modified.”



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