Controversy continues over bus and taxi stops
THE lack of shelter at bus stops in the Airlie main street is causing members of the public to overheat and pass out according to one Whitsunday Taxi owner who says enough is enough.
Clive “Polly” Lloyd says he is just one of many people who want to know why Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads have not come to a satisfactory arrangement about the placement of taxi ranks and bus stops on the newly refurbished main street.
“Both parties should be looking at the problems now evident since the local bus stop was relocated to where the original taxi rank was situated,” he said.
Mr Lloyd said “quite a few thousand dollars” were spent on the shelter at the former taxi rank but no-one has been able to answer his questions about where this has gone.
He also says problems are occurring after dark when party- goers leave the nightclubs in the Airlie CBD and become “aggro” after walking the extra distance to the taxi rank.
“If a cab or bus driver is attacked due to the lack of action by Council and Main Roads it will be very interesting to see what the courts will say regarding duty of care,” he said.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council was “still working” on a solution.
“We’ve got to arrange a meeting with all of the parties in the one room to get a solution that suits everyone,” she said.
Whitsunday Transit operations manager Chris Harvey agreed the issues had been “dragging on for quite a while”.
“We are very keen to find a solution that will suit the Whitsunday community and the hundreds of people who use Whitsunday Transit buses on a daily basis,” he said.