NEW QUEENSLAND BUS SERVICE GETS AUD$19.6 MILLION FUNDING

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Translink


THE QUEENSLAND State Government has announced a $19.6 Million funding agreement - over 10 years - to connect the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area (PDA) with the wider South-East Queensland (SEQ) bus network, it confirms recently.

NEW QUEENSLAND BUS SERVICE GETS AUD$19.6 MILLION FUNDING
Member for Logan Linus Power and Member for Jordan Charis Mullen say they've fought for a proper Translink service that connects residents with key local transport hubs.

Greater Flagstone residents will soon have access to their first bus service – operated by Translink – set to begin late November, which will support future growth within the PDA, the Government says.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning The Hon. Cameron Dick said: "The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing reliable and convenient public transport in Queensland’s fastest population-growth corridor."

"The services will run between the Greater Flagstone PDA and Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, Browns Plains, giving locals more transport options when it comes to work and community services.

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"Economic Development Queensland and the Department of Transport and Main Roads have worked together to deliver public transport service to Greater Flagstone.

"Our $19.6 million funding agreement over 10 years will see TransLink progressively introduce more bus services as demand increases," he explained.

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BOOM TOWN

By 2066 it’s estimated the Greater Flagstone PDA will be home to approximately 120,000 residents, the government states.

Member for Jordan Charis Mullen says the Palaszczuk Government would continue monitoring growth in Flagstone to ensure services matched population.

"As the community grows, TransLink’s services will grow with it," Mullen said.

"This will ensure our community remains liveable and attractive for people looking to move here.

"Residents will be better connected to employment, education, shops and recreational spaces.

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"It’s about improving lifestyle and opportunity, both locally and across the wider Logan region."

Member for Logan Linus Power says this was a great example of government and industry working together to deliver smart transport solutions.

"Charis and I have fought for a proper Translink service that connects residents with key local transport hubs, and from these points onto express services to the Brisbane CBD," Power said.

"This new route will also be classed as Zone 3 from start to finish, which is great news for the community."

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COMMUTER COST

As the Government explains, this means when using your Go Card a trip from Greater Flagstone to Browns Plains will cost $3.31, or $6.61 if you’re heading onto the Brisbane CBD.

"And both journeys will be even cheaper for pensioners, students and during off-peak times," Power added.

The first services are proposed to begin in Trailblazer Drive, Flagstone, and will include stops through to Browns Plains.

Trip distance (one way) is approximately 26km, with an estimated trip time of 40 minutes.

Services will initially be provided Monday to Friday, between 5.30am to 7.30pm, with greater frequency during peak periods to cater for demand.

Community information sessions discussing the route, timetable and stop locations will be held during October and November, the Government confirms.

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