Poor turn out at Bell Street rally
ON THE day their services were scrapped, about 20 Ipswich residents rallied in Ipswich calling for their axed bus routes to be reinstated.
But according to TransLink, by the time the Bell Street rally wrapped up just after 4pm, about five times that number had used the replacement taxi service FlexiLink.
Led by Ipswich Greens member Dr Patricia Petersen, the protestors held placards slamming the decision to remove the routes and called for their return.
Dr Petersen said should the 505, 510 and 523 routes not be reinstated soon, a protest will be organised for outside Ipswich MP and Transport Minister Rachel Nolan's office in January.
Protestors also put messages on power polls throughout the Ipswich area which read “Sack Rachel Nolan” and “I will never vote ALP again ex Labor Voter”.
Despite some commuter unease, TransLink director of Strategy and Planning Sally Stannard said about 100 people had used the FlexiLink service up to yesterday afternoon.
She said other changes across the bus system had worked well.
“All new services were well-utilised, despite the start of the school holidays period,” she said.
“This is a great result and provides a strong base to continue to build on in future years.”
Maxi taxis, working in conjunction with FlexiLink, will service the axed bus routes at the same times as the previous bus timetable up until Christmas Eve.
For more information on the timetable changes, call TransLink on 13 12 30 or visit www.translink.com.au.
To book a FlexiLink cab, call 3363 2360.