Bus hub waste of funds

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

AF­TER read­ing the story about the pro­posed bus hub I wanted to cor­rect in­ac­cu­ra­cies put for­ward by coun­cil. This plan will not lead to ma­jor ac­ti­va­tion, will not pro­vide value for money, and has been the re­sult of very, very lim­ited con­sul­ta­tion.

I have re­peat­edly tried rais­ing con­cerns and ask­ing ques­tions of coun­cil and am re­peat­edly met with de­lays and de­flec­tions as they rush through this plan.

I was re­cently pro­vided with doc­u­men­ta­tion from coun­cil on the plan­ning for this hub which raises even more ques­tions they won’t an­swer. The key points are: • The es­tab­lish­ment of the bus hub was a pre­de­ter­mined goal and was not based on any demon­strated need.

• Based on 2013 data ( there is no ev­i­dence that coun­cil has more re­cent num­bers and there is no ev­i­dence bus us­age has in­creased) there are on av­er­age 1016 trips per month to the CBD. To han­dle this very small num­ber of peo­ple there will be ap­prox­i­mately 3000 buses per month driv­ing through a turn­around in Og­den/ Han­ran streets ... one per­son on every third bus. The only ac­ti­va­tion this will bring is in chronic lung dis­ease among CBD res­i­dents.

• This bus hub will im­pact ap­prox­i­mately 400 res­i­dents with noise and pol­lu­tion ex­po­sures, buses will be idling in a res­i­den­tial street for up to seven min­utes.

• Four times as many peo­ple cy­cle to work as those who bus to work, yet there are no im­me­di­ate plans for more cy­cling in­fras­truc­ture ( a big­ger pri­or­ity).

• Parts of Han­ran and Og­den streets will be one way streets re­duc­ing ac­cess for res­i­dents.

• The ex­pected life of this hub ( ac­cord­ing to coun­cil doc­u­ments) is 10 years.

This is a plan no one I have spo­ken to at coun­cil is will­ing to own. It was de­vel­oped by a for­mer town plan­ner, and those work­ing for coun­cil are im­ple­ment­ing the plan, no ques­tions asked.

This is a mon­u­men­tal waste of money which will de­ac­ti­vate the CBD fur­ther. It is not a project lo­cals sup­port. There are far higher pri­or­i­ties.

But coun­cil won’t lis­ten. The best we get is Les Walker fronting up at a photo op­por­tu­nity and telling half truths. We de­serve much bet­ter. MARK ENDERS,

Townsville City.

PLAN QUERIED: Coun­cil­lor Les Walker and Mark­well De­mo­li­tions Gavin Mark­well at the new bus hub site.

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