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Re-routing buses to ease congestion in St Lucia

23 April, 2013

Re-routing buses to ease congestion in St Lucia

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today released Council’s detailed review of the city’s bus network, ensuring more than two thirds of passengers will remain unaffected by the proposed changes.

The Lord Mayor reassured residents that the review did not propose any sweeping changes to current services, with Council keeping the highly popular BUZ and Glider routes.

“In taking on this review at the request of the State Government, we have identified the most common sense proposals, which we believe will help deliver an improved and more efficient bus network,” Cr Quirk said.

“We have conducted the review based off our own detailed knowledge of the network, and this is why we are retaining our most popular services, such as our 18 BUZ and two CityGlider routes, which carry 43 per cent of passengers.

“The review proposes some improvements for passengers, including installing an additional stop on Macgregor Terrace at Bardon along the Maroon CityGlider route, and adding two additional week-night services to the 435 to increase travel opportunities for Brookfield commuters.

“Another benefit for the community would be the proposal to re-route the 414 through Carmody Road in St Lucia to combat congestion currently experienced along Sir Fred Schonell Drive. This change will greatly improve travel times for these passengers.”

Cr Quirk said Council had identified proposed changes, based on a careful and thorough review of network data and patronage trends, which for Brisbane’s west included 42 routes with no changes, 3 route removals and 18 service changes including:
o 11 timetable changes (402, 416, 435, 451, 468, 470, 380, 381, 385, 209, 379)
o 7 route changes (109, 414, 435, 475, 384, 385, Maroon CityGlider)

“Ultimately the big win for the westside community is that we have ensured 68 per cent of passengers will remain unaffected by the proposed changes and that no area will be left completely without a service.”

Cr Quirk said of the proposed changes for Brisbane’s west, there were three proposed route removals, based on low patronage and route duplication.

“While we understand that any removal will be an inconvenience to some passengers, some of the route removals proposed involve services where buses experience low patronage, and in some cases routes that are mirroring others,” he said.

On Brisbane’s west the routes proposed for removal include the P88, P374 and P436, with the P374 now being duplicated by the new Maroon CityGlider that was launched by Council in February. Current passengers of the P88 have alternatives including the 444 BUZ service, and current passengers of the P436 will still be able to catch the 354.






He said it was now time for residents to have their say on Council’s bus network review, with feedback opening to the public from Monday 22 April.

“I encourage westside residents to look over Council’s proposals online or at a Council regional business centre or library, and submit their feedback,” he said.

“Residents have until Monday 20 May to have their say, and Council will consider all community feedback before submitting the review to the State Government on 1 June.”

To view the proposed changes and to submit feedback on the proposals go online to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or visit a Council regional business centre or library before 20 May.

KEY FACTS FOR BRISBANE WEST

Brisbane City Council’s bus network review has assessed 235 routes across the entire network, identifying specifically on Brisbane’s west:
• 42 routes with no changes
• 3 route removals
• 18 service changes including:
 11 timetable changes (402, 416, 435, 451, 468, 470, 380, 381, 385, 209, 379)
 7 route changes (109, 414, 435, 475, 384, 385, Maroon CityGlider)
** Some services will have both a route and timetable change

More than 68 per cent of passengers will remain unaffected by the proposed changes.

Across the entire network there are 9 route removals which accounts for only 1.75% of the total network patronage, with Brisbane’s west having 3 removals:
• P88 Eight Mile Plains to Indooroopilly via City pre-paid fare express: Current passengers of the P461, 462, 465 and 466 will still maintain access to services through a proposed redesign of the routes in the area. Current passengers of the P88 have a range of high frequency alternatives including the 111 and 444 BUZ services and a proposed new peak rocket P163 operating between Eight Mile Plains and the city.
• P374 Paddington to City: The Maroon CityGlider now services this route, and as such the duplication is proposed for removal.
• P436 City to Brookfield: It is proposed that this one outbound trip no longer operate as the service only averages around 13 passengers per trip.

Of the proposed timetable and/or route changes in Brisbane’s west, some offer service improvements:
• An additional stop on the Maroon CityGlider along Macgregor Terrace, as per passenger requests.
• Improved access for St Lucia residents with the 414 service now travelling down Carmody Road, as opposed to Sir Fred Schonell Drive.
• Later weeknight evening services for Brookfield passengers travelling from Indooroopilly on the 435.
• Adding a stop on the 384 at Red Hill to provide residents with additional travel options in the peaks.






• Addressing overcrowding for Ashgrove and Gap passengers during peak hour services on the 385 BUZ by running a portion of AM and PM peak services express between the CBD and Macgregor Terrace.
• Providing a more reliable service for Rainworth residents as a result of changes to the 475 route.



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