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New Year welcomes more bus services across Brisbane

Monday, 25 January 2016

New Year welcomes more bus services across Brisbane
A range of new and improved bus services are about to be introduced to boost commuter convenience, with the first of four initiatives to start next Monday when morning peak bus routes are redirected through Legacy Way.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said five morning peak bus services would be redirected through the tunnel, to provide a faster, more reliable service for people travelling to the CBD from the western suburbs.

“Commuters already enjoy travelling on Australia’s most modern bus fleet, but now they are experiencing significantly quicker travel journeys,” Cr Quirk said.

“Bus services including the P426 Chapel Hill, 431 Kenmore South, 446 Fig Tree Pocket, P455 Riverhills and P456 Mount Ommaney will be redirected through Legacy Way.

“This follows overwhelmingly positive feedback of Council’s trial of Route P443 Moggill to the City via Legacy Way during morning peak times, which found the average journey time was cut by a minimum of five minutes, with some services benefiting from a 13 minute travel time saving.

“The trial proved hugely popular, with a 40 per cent increase in patronage on inbound P443 services, equating to an extra 525 passengers every week.

“The redirection of these services also means that for the first time, commuters from the western suburbs will have direct access to these key locations in the inner-city, with Council ensuring the additional services would travel via the Western Freeway, Legacy Way, Inner City Bypass, Gilchrist Avenue off-ramp and Inner Northern Busway.”

The announcement follows Transurban’s release of Legacy Way patronage for the December quarter, showing an increase of 3.9 per cent trips with an average of 20,000 vehicles using the tunnel each day.

Cr Quirk said Council was continuing to deliver a range of options to help increase convenience and reliability for commuters, as part of its commitment to boost the city’s travel network.

“Council is expanding bus services across three other locations this year, with additional trips and new bus services introduced to boost commuter convenience across the city,” he said.

“Residents catching bus service 475 Rainworth to Brisbane CBD will soon benefit from an additional ten trips during the middle of the day to boost convenience for passengers.

“This route already provides westside commuters with a frequent service connecting suburbs including Bardon, Paddington and Milton with the CBD during the peak periods, and now Council is delivering an additional five trips inbound and five trips outbound, ensuring the timetable operates every half an hour during the middle of the day.

“Council will also trial a new morning peak bus route in the south east, which will integrate with ferry services, travelling between Cannon Hill Bus Interchange and Hawthorne ferry terminal with a connection to Morningside Rail Station

“This will be delivered in partnership with Translink, designed to provide a faster journey to the CBD during morning peak hours for residents of the Bulimba peninsula and Murarrie.”

Cr Quirk said northside residents and university students were also set to benefit from improved services, with an expanded service to and from the University of Queensland also to be trialled by Council.

“Currently the P332 service operates between 7am and 8:39am and 4:45pm and 6:30pm, commencing at the Chermside Bus Interchange and finishing at the Brisbane CBD,” he said.

“To ensure a more convenient service for residents, Council will trial an extension of the service, which will commence at St Flannans School at Zillmere and will conclude at UQ Lakes.

“This will mean the service operates for longer, between 6.50am to 9.50am and 4pm to 6.45pm to accommodate for the extra stops.”

These services will commence on February 22 when the transport network is back to full operation following the university holiday period.

For timetable information or to plan your next route, visit www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 20.
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