Clo­sure to hurt busi­ness

Road­works will im­pact on trav­ellers

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE | COMMUNITY - Mar­ian Faa

BUSI­NESSES, peo­ple try­ing to make med­i­cal ap­point­ments, flights and stu­dents go­ing on school camps could be af­fected by ma­jor road clo­sures at Cun­ning­hams Gap over a pe­riod of five days.

Crisps Coaches owner Rus­sell Crisp said it would af­fect about 350 pas­sen­gers and cost his busi­ness at least $5000 by hav­ing to put on ex­tra staff and pay for ac­com­mo­da­tion to cope with de­lays.

A spokesman from the De­part­ment of Trans­port said Cun­ning­hams Gap would be closed to all traf­fic from 7am-9am and 1pm-3pm from Novem­ber 5 un­til Novem­ber 10.

Trav­ellers should also ex­pect de­lays of up to 10 min­utes when roads are open.

Mr Crisp said he was dis­ap­pointed he was not con­sulted about the clo­sures.

“Look, I un­der­stand this work needs to be done, they need to up­grade the roads, but no one ever rang us to say we’re think­ing of clos­ing the high­way at th­ese hours,” he said.

“It means we now have to de­tour one or two of our ser­vices via Toowoomba and peo­ple who al­ready have pre-booked con­nec­tions for flights or ap­point­ments in Bris­bane are go­ing to be a bit iffy.

“We will need an ex­tra driver wait­ing in Bris­bane for the re­turn trip now be­cause there might not be enough time for the first driver to rest be­tween jour­neys.”

De­tour­ing via Toowoomba will add about an hour to the trip, Mr Crisp says.

His com­pany is also ex­pected to trans­port stu­dents from a num­ber of schools on school camps.

It is un­der­stood works are be­ing un­der­taken at the Gap as part of the South Coast Re­con­struc­tion pro­gram fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion call the De­part­ment of Trans­port on 13 19 40.

PHOTO: MAR­IAN FAA

DE­LAYS EX­PECTED: Crisps Coaches driver Mark Frizzell has been tak­ing pas­sen­gers be­tween Stan­thorpe and Bris­bane for more than four years and says the bus ser­vice will be af­fected by road clo­sures at Cun­ning­hams Gap.

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