Petition For Direct Bus Service to Hospital

17 Mar 2010 3:43 PMJann Stuckey

17 March 2010

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has called on the State Government to implement a direct bus service for residents on the southern Gold Coast to access John Flynn Hospital in Tugun. 

Ms Stuckey and local resident John Ray, today launched a petition calling for a direct bus service to the hospital after elderly residents alerted her to the situation they had to catch two or three buses in order to reach the facility.

“Transport services on the southern Gold Coast have been deficient for years.  When routes were altered by TransLink in the past couple of years, the direct route to the hospital was cut,” Ms Stuckey said.
 
Octogenarian, John Ray, a resident of Elanora, said “The route to the hospital should not have been removed as there are many people in my situation who need to visit the hospital and find taxi costs prohibitive.

“At my age I don’t feel comfortable driving on main highways and then there is the difficulty of finding a park once you reach John Flynn,” he said.

“Residents in the Currumbin electorate are forced to change buses 2 to 3 times to reach the hospital, and a lack of bus shelters along parts of the route means travellers are left to the mercy of the elements,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I find it completely unacceptable that Tweed residents can catch a bus direct to the hospital, yet Queenslanders do not have the same service available to them despite the hospital being in their state.

“The southern Gold Coast was for years neglected by this Labor Government, and the current situation with the bus service is intolerable for elderly residents who rely on it.

“Therefore I call on the Bligh Government to step up to the plate and implement, as a matter of urgency, a direct bus service from a central location such as the Pines Shopping Centre to John Flynn Hospital in Tugun so residents do not need to change buses. 

“Parking is already at a premium at John Flynn, and complaints are arising from residents in neighbouring estates about their streets filling up with the cars of visitors to the hospital.

“Congestion in Boyd Street is of deep concern to Tugun residents.  The lack of public transport services coupled with new housing developments is placing growing pressures on all who live locally and also to those who access the area.  

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