REGION – The fight continues for a more efficient bus service for the south coast. A campaign by the Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has given voice to south coast residents for changes to the Link SA Goolwa to Adelaide bus route.
The changes will mean residents will be able to take a bus to Noarlunga centre and then transfer to the Seaford train line and various Adelaide Metro bus services for work, study and medical appointments thanks to a new commuter-friendly timetable approved by the state government.
The proposed changes will mean commuters will be able to arrive in Adelaide before 9am and head home after 5pm.
“This could be such a game changer for our community on the south coast, taking commuter traffic off one of the state’s most dangerous roads at peak times and opening up so many more opportunities for our young people to pursue further studies or find work while staying in the region,” Ms Sharkie said.
It will take commuter traffic off one of the state’s most dangerous roads at peak times.Rebekha Sharkie
“The lack of practical, affordable public transport options was one of the biggest complaints I heard from residents when campaigning during last year’s federal election campaign and I’d like to thank the people of the south coast for filling in the survey we used to convince the state government and transport company Link SA the demand was there.
“Being able to go to the government with the support of 382 local people who were willing to state publicly they would use a commuter service regularly, some 120 of them daily, was the evidence we needed to bring about change. When I first took up this issue, I was told by Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan that bus operators did not believe an early morning bus service to the Fleurieu was financially viable or desired
“I’d like to thank Mr Mullighan and Link SA General Manager Mark Dunlop for giving us a hearing and acting on the evidence put forward by the community.”
Currently, Link SA only provides three week-day return bus services between Goolwa, Victor Harbor and Adelaide, with two return services on Saturday and one return service on Sunday. The routes didn’t allow travellers to reach the city before 9am or return after 5pm and a one-way journey stopped at multiple towns and took nearly two hours.
The proposed changes will see five return services on weekdays and two return services on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
“Now I call on the community to stand up and be counted and support this service.”
For feedback contact rebekhasharkie.com.au or 8398 5566.