Wet wait for a CBD taxi
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.