QLD’s new early services

Early-birds catered for with new runs added to select Brisbane metro bus timetables

Bus users in Brisbane will benefit from the addition of more early morning services along nine city bus routes starting this month.

The adoption of services starting as early as 4.45pm will be introduced in response to customer demand by those who start work in the early hours, which effectively ruled out catching the bus an a viable commute option for many early-bird shift workers in the community from November 23 onwards.

"The additional buses should also lessen the load on existing early morning services, meaning more seats for travellers," Translink wrote in a statement on the changes.

Shift workers who stand to benefit include those living near Forest Lake (100), Garden City (120), Parkinson (130), Browns Plains (140), Bracken Ridge (330), Carseldine (340), Aspley(345) and Moggill’s (440) city-bound services.

Translink continually monitor patronage and demand along all routes and delegate services accordingly and in-line with community feedback, but the addition of new services outside the peak and earlier than 5.30am is rare.

On the Gold Coast, extra services are running to accommodate schoolies, as school-leavers from all around Australia holiday in Surfers Paradise throughout November.

The G:link tram will be running at high frequency, departing from Cavill Avenue every eight minutes from 7am to 7pm to accommodate the temporary influx of students this month.

November is traditionally one the busiest times for the G:link, the Gold Coast’s first light-rail service which became operational just a few months prior to schoolies celebrations last year.

Route 700 from Broadbeach south to Tweed Heads is also running 24 hours a day, seven days a week and extra late night buses will run on Route 705 from Sea World to Broadbeach until 2am.

Route 740 from Surfers Paradise to Nerang will run extra services until 12.16am and connect with late night trains at Nerang Station to meet the additional demand.

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