Wild weather upsets FNQ bus services

Widespread flooding and cyclonic winds have caused havoc for Far North Queensland bus services

Wild weather upsets FNQ bus services
FNQ wild-weather upsets bus services

By Sean Muir | March 20, 2012

Widespread flooding and cyclonic winds caused havoc for Far North Queensland bus services this morning, with some buses stuck in depots while others avoid fallen power lines.

A Sunbus spokeswoman says several Cairns buses were flooded in and unable to leave bus depots early this morning, while cyclonic winds swept trees and power lines onto roads in Townsville.

"We’ve had power lines down all over the network in Townsville, and tree branches etcetera, so we’ve had some hiccups this morning making sure we knew which services needed to be diverted," the spokeswoman says.

"Cairns is a different story in that our depot was isolated this morning."

"A lot of the main roads have been closed overnight, yesterday, and this morning in Cairns and it wasn’t until about 5.30 to 6am that we were able to get vehicles out of our depot."

She says Cairns Sunbus is now bracing itself for a king-tide, which may further disrupt services.

"We are expecting a king tide, about now, 8 o’clock," the spokeswoman says.

"We are waiting to see what will happen with the king-tide as it may impact a lot of the network."

The spokeswoman says Cairns and Townsville services are now running as normal, despite diversions in Townsville and truncated services to Cairns’ northern beaches.

"There is still a lot of roads closed and we can’t get to the northern beaches," she says.

"So we are just letting passengers know that we have got services running pretty much running as normal at the moment except that we are truncating the northern beaches services so that we can avoid the water coming across the road."

The Captain Cook Highway
at Cairns
reopened to traffic this morning after it was cut at 7am yesterday.

The Kuranda Range was reopened before 6am this morning, and only one lane of the Bruce Highway is open to traffic at Aloomba.

The Gillies Highway is closed due to debris across the road, and Kamerunga Road at Freshwater is also closed.

The highway at Buchans Point, Palm Cove, remains closed and Lake Morris Road is expected to be closed for several days.

Cairns recorded 154.2mm of rain between 9am and 11pm last night.

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