Petition to stop buses on new main street
“WHAT a breath of fresh air now that the Airlie main street is finished - or is it?”
This is the question posed by Airlie Beach resident Lester Riley who strongly believes that bus traffic on the newly refurbished Airlie main street should be stopped.
Mr Riley says having an alfresco meal or coffee at any one of the main street cafes is spoilt “by the disgusting noise and fumes from the large Whitsunday Transit buses which travel down the main street at the rate of at least six buses every hour”.
“Everyone I have spoken to is horrified by this interference and wishes to do something about it,” he said.
“This is especially true because the buses could be re-routed via Waterson Way and Shute Harbour Road as they were during the construction phase of the street.”
Mr Riley has started an online petition and he says once he has an appropriate number of signatures he will contact Whitsunday Regional Council, Whitsunday Transit and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
A TransLink spokesperson said Whitsunday Regional Council in conjunction with DTMR, were continuing to look at costs and timeframes for other suitable locations for bus and taxi zones.
“[But] the relocation of buses along Waterson Way was a temporary change while upgrade works were undertaken in the main street,” the spokesperson said.
“With the upgrade works now complete along the main street of Airlie Beach, buses are again utilising this road.
“Allowing buses to return to the main street allows for easy accessibility and ensures transport options are available for tourists, visitors and locals.”
The petition can be found at http://chn.ge/ vvVJT.
STOPPING THE BUSES: Airlie Beach resident Lester Riley is leading the charge to stop buses from travelling down the Airlie main street and has launced an online petition to gain support.