Trans­port plan caus­ing trad­ing chaos

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

AS the pro­pri­etor of a hand­craft shop ( The African Bazaar) I shud­der to re­veal that the ‘ rede­vel­op­ment’ of Flin­ders Mall has cost us about half our an­nual in­come dur­ing this very dif­fi­cult build­ing pe­riod.

The Den­ham St ‘ en­trance’ will not be com­pleted for an­other six weeks and real­is­ti­cally the whole Mall will not be com­pleted un­til July. In the mean­time then there is no pass­ing traf­fic and the mess with the bus sys­tem seems to be part of a plan to keep as many peo­ple away from the shop­ping area as pos­si­ble.

To now ex­pect com­muters t o trudge from Sturt St down the full length of the Flin­ders St to see shops at that end is not ex­actly help­ful. And even if they did ven­ture down and buy a swag of goods they are then sup­posed to make their way to Walker St to leave. Apart from the in­firm and el­derly who need ac­cess to med­i­cal ser­vices avail­able from Stokes St it seems Queens­land Trans­port not only cares lit­tle for com­muters but has given ab­so­lutely no thought to the com­mer­cial im­pli­ca­tions for traders try­ing to re­cover from a ter­ri­ble year. HARRY MARTIN,

Flin­ders St.

AN­GRY: Harry Martin from The African Bazaar says the trans­port plan for Flin­ders St is adding to trader’s fi­nan­cial woes

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