Emerson swerves bus route change


A petition to change a ‘dangerous’ bus route near Brisbane has failed to sway Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson

August 31, 2012

A petition requesting Parliament change a ‘dangerous’ bus route near Brisbane has failed to sway Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson.

In a response yesterday to a petition signed by 21 Mt Cotton residents, Emerson ruled out the removal of Carissa Street from TransLink bus route 282.

"TransLink is legislated to utilise roads on which bus services can safely operate," Emerson says.

"Under the regulations, a two lane road that is approximately seven metres wide with a speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour is within the legislative requirements to operate a TransLink service. I am advised that Carissa Street falls within these requirements."

The petition, tabled in Parliament August 1, claims operating the TransLink service on the road is dangerous.

The petition says the road has a bend with low visibility on the corner, and buses have been regularly observed travelling in excess of the street's speed limit.

According to the petition, motorists have also been observed nearly colliding with buses, particularly when entering and
exiting the kerbside.

The petition also says buses run in excess of twice an hour, there
has been
an increase in noise caused by the buses, and most buses run empty or close to.

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