Closure to hurt business
Roadworks will impact on travellers
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.
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.