11 Mar 0
Townsville commuters will soon notice a new look throughout the city with the first of 20 new buses hitting the public transport network this week.
TransLink and its delivery partner Sunbus Townsville have worked together to deliver the new buses.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the buses arrived at an exciting time ahead of the North Queensland Cowboys first home game at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Regular free bus services run for eventgoers as part of a 12-month trial which started at the Stadium Open Day last month.
“The trial bus services for the stadium have been designed and tailored for Townsville, to provide access to as many residents as possible,” Mr Stewart said.
“During the trial special event buses will run at regular frequencies of 30 minutes or better, to make it easy for eventgoers to get to the CBD and allow them to leave their car at home.”
Mr Stewart said the first of the new buses had arrived this week with the remainder making their way to Townsville by the middle of the year.
“It’s exciting to know that our local commuters and tourists alike will soon enjoy brand new buses in Townsville,” he said.
“With almost 2.87 million trips taken on the Townsville bus network in the 2018-19 financial year, I’m sure there will be plenty of passengers who look forward to seeing the new buses in action.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the announcement was fantastic news for the Townsville community.
“It will be exciting to see these new buses using our CBD Bus Hub, which was opened in May 2019 and is encouraging more people into our CBD through better public transport services and facilities,” Cr Hill said.
“Sunbus buses play a vital role in keeping our community connected and Council will continue to lobby Translink and Sunbus to ensure our local public transport services meet the needs of the community.”
Sunbus North Queensland General Manager, Wayne Croton, said Sunbus was delighted to work with the State Government to introduce the new fleet.
“We congratulate TransLink and the State Government for their commitment to supporting the Townsville community and will continue to work with all stakeholders to enhance the passenger experience and encourage more people to catch the bus get around the city,” Mr Croton says.
The new buses are an important part of overall improvements to Townsville’s bus network. A new timetable was rolled out in conjunction with the opening of the bus hub and the TransLink brand rollout, delivering improved reliability for customers.
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