Bus com­pany re­sponds to pe­ti­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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