Stranded passengers outraged

PASSENGERS are left stranded and jobs may be lost since the closure of the City Link bus route from Ipswich to Indooroopilly last Friday.

The service was operated by Southern Cross bus company and had to close after 18 months due to lack of funding from the state government.

Residents from North Tivoli, Karalee and Karana Downs will be affected.

Southern Cross general manager Frank Oliveri said only an 11th hour intervention would see it started up again.

Mother-of-three Katie Deighton said the recent construction of a bus shelter at Karalee seemed a waste of taxpayers' money if it wasn't going to be used.

“I relied completely on the service to do all my errands and drop the kids here and there,” Mrs Deighton said.

“I am so frustrated because we were simply ignored.

“The driver said she had more than 60 passengers in less than three hours last week.

“There were people that relied on it to get to work and elderly people who no longer drove.

“What will these people do now?”

Driver Jeanie Eggerling no longer has a job and will instead spend this week searching for employment.

“I am more concerned about the community and the implication this will have on this area,” Ms Eggerling said.

“This should not have happened.”

Professor of public transport, author and concerned resident Dr Colin Taylor collected more than 400 signatures to try to keep the service running.

“I prepared a written petition which was presented for submission to the parliament but I haven't heard of the outcome,” Dr Taylor said.

The Advertiser invited comment from the Transport Department, but did not receive a response before deadline.

- Kate Lemmon

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