Con­tro­versy con­tin­ues over bus and taxi stops

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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