Buses in evacuation mode - Cyclone Yasi imminent

Greyhound coaches were busy on north Queensland roads this morning assisting emergency services evacuate tourists from Cyclone Yasi’s path

Buses in evacuation mode - Cyclone Yasi imminent
Buses in evacuation mode – Cyclone Yasi imminent

February 2, 2011

Greyhound Australia currently has dozens of coaches doing emergency evacuations across North Queensland but all scheduled services between Cairns and Rockhampton have ceased as of this morning.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Thomas says many coaches are currently assisting Emergency Services evacuate backpackers from Mission Beach and Airlie Beach as well as personnel from mine sites around Mt Isa, Bowen Basin and as far west as Noccundra and locals of affected areas.

"We are finding backpackers in particular are confused by what is happening and we urge all of them to take necessary precautions and follow the advice of hostel operators," Thomas says.

"Greyhound is taking backpackers from Mission Beach hostels to evacuation centres currently.

"The strong advice for backpackers if they are not sure where to go is seek refuge in an evacuation centre immediately."

Thomas says Greyhound had extra services running all up and down the coast over the past two days.

"We have had nine coaches operating as opposed to the usual four a day between Cairns and Rockhampton over the past two days but as Cyclone Yasi draws closer, Greyhound has ceased these services as of now," he says.

"First thing Friday morning we will assess whether it will be possible to recommence services."

Greyhound is posting regular service updates on its website.

All customers are encouraged to visit www.greyhound.com.au and follow the links to the service information page or contact the Call Centre on 1300 473 946 during office hours.

To find your closest Evacuation Centre call: 1300

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