Transport debacle tarnishes GC on Opening Night

5 Apr 2018 12:35 PMJann Stuckey Transport debacle tarnishes GC on Opening Night

Last night’s transport debacle should never have happened said former Commonwealth Games Minister and member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s decision to give the bus transport tender to Victorian company has tarnished the reputation of our local public transport operators,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Disgruntled residents told me up to 40 people in wheelchairs were stranded at Broadbeach before the Opening Ceremony and kept waiting due to not enough low floor buses.

“Gold Coasters are proud that this is the first Games where para and able bodied athletes are competing together but this was a shameful situation when so many individuals were inconvenienced by poor transport planning.

“Minister Mark Bailey should be apologising to all those who had to wait but especially those in wheelchairs and with disabilities. Instead he scoffed that people were exaggerating.

“The Victorian transport company responsible for this has failed at the very first test and you have to question if they are up to the task?
“This was one event, one they should have been ready for – how will they cope when all other venues are active?

“All of this could have been avoided if the Palaszczuk government and GOLDOC had supported our local transport operators in the tender process – the same operators who ended up having to save the day by bringing in rescue buses.

“There were also complaints that it took some people three hours to clear the stadium after the ceremony.

“Granted there was a 30 minute delay for the dignitary motorcade but it is still an unacceptably long time.

“Minister Bailey needs to give a guarantee this won’t happen again.

[ENDS] 05/04/2018

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