Pe­ti­tion to stop buses on new main street

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

“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 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.

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