Wet wait for a CBD taxi

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

THE re­vamped pub­lic trans­port plan for Townsville’s CBD got off to a rocky start yes­ter­day as tor­ren­tial rain fell across the city.

Townsville Taxi driv­ers were out­raged at the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to close McKin­non’s Rank while the fi­nal stages of the Flin­ders Cen­tral rede­vel­op­ment is car­ried out.

The busy load­ing zone, lo­cated next to the Cow­boys Leagues Club, is off lim­its to pub­lic trans­port for the re­main­der of the con­struc­tion phase.

The driver, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said pas­sen­gers were hung out to dry. ‘‘ We have nu­mer­ous el­derly cus­tomers with lim­ited mo­bil­ity who are now forced to walk to where they want to go in tor­ren­tial rain,’’ he said.

‘‘ We are now forced to drop peo­ple off away from where they want to go and they then have to hail a cab from the mid­dle of nowhere.’’

Mar­shals were on hand at bus stops through­out the CBD to help ease the bur­den on pas­sen­gers com­ing to grips with bus route changes.

The Stokes St trans­port in­ter­change, ad­join­ing the for­mer Flin­ders Mall, has been moved to places ad­ja­cent to Flin­ders St.

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