REGION – Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has successfully advocated for a ‘hybrid’ bus service for the south coast.
The new timetable, scheduled to start on Sunday, October 15, will deliver travellers to Adelaide before 8.30am, but offers only one direct bus into the city on weekdays and no direct service on weekends.
The current timetable, which will be scrapped on October 15, has three return services to Adelaide on weekdays, two return services on Saturdays and one return service on Sunday
The new service offers options for students and patients to transfer at Marion in order to reach the Flinders Medical Centre and the university and there are more routes between south coast towns on weekends.
Ms Sharkie said the hybrid timetable met the different needs of residents.
“I’d like to thank the people of the south coast for giving us their feedback through our community survey, and I’d like to thank state transport minister Stephen Mullighan, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and Link SA for listening to that feedback and working out a timetable within their budget,” Ms Sharkie said.
“We’ll now have more buses going across the south coast, from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, on weekends, which for pensioners and students, will just cost $4 per trip.”
Ms Sharkie began advocating for new bus services when it became apparent commuter public transport was a key issue for the south coast community.
A community survey was undertaken, which showed strong support for the inclusion of early morning and late evening bus services.
DPTI and Link SA drafted a new timetable that went out for public consultation that showed new and existing bus services travelling to and from the Noarlunga Centre Interchange instead of the Franklin Street station.
The consultation showed 84 per cent of respondents wanted the Noarlunga Centre interchange option, with new early morning and late evening services, while 16 per cent wanted to keep the existing service that went straight to the city.
The survey was filled in by 615 local people.
“The survey showed people were in favour of more services, but those opposed had concerns about having to transfer to another bus or train, particularly if they had luggage or mobility issues or the grandchildren were coming down to visit,” Ms Sharkie said.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said, “Ms Sharkie has worked extensively with members of the community and, together with the government’s consultation, this feedback has been instrumental in shaping these improvements”.
Timetable details can be viewed at http://www.rebekhasharkie.com.au/bus