Bus company responds to petition
AIRLIE Beach resident Lester Riley says the response to his recently launched online petition to stop buses from transiting the Airlie main street has been “excellent” ( Whitsunday Times, October 24).
“Unfortunately the web address was incorrect, and should have been http://chn.ge/17vvVJT so hopefully many more signatures will now be added to this petition,” he said.
Mr Riley said he had analyzed the reasons given by the signatories for not wanting bus traffic in the new street. They included fumes/pollution (26 per cent), noise (19 per cent), ambience/environment (16 per cent), unnecessary route (12 per cent), wanting to ban large vehicles (10 per cent), safety (nine per cent), reducing traffic (four per cent), taxi concerns (two per cent) and wanting the area to be more pedestrian friendly (two per cent).
However, Whitsunday Transit operations manager Chris Harvey said buses had always utilised the main street of Airlie Beach to provide accessible, direct and easy to use transport options for tourists and locals.
“During upgrade works, east bound buses were diverted to allow this work to be completed [but] with the reopening of the main street, buses are again able to provide a service for the thousands of tourists that visit Airlie Beach each year and do not have access to a car,” he said.
“It is essential that bus services are located in close proximity to the centre of Airlie Beach so visitors have direct access to all of the facilities offered in the main hub of Airlie Beach.
“The buses in our fleet that operate through the main street are modern spec vehicles with excellent low-emission performance.”
Meanwhile Mr Riley is calling for more signatures before the petition is presented to the relevant groups including Whitsunday Regional Council, Whitsunday Transit and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
A copy of the petition can be found at http:// chn.ge/17vvVJT.