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Brisbane: Call for New 410 Bus from Brookside to UQ St. Lucia

12th January 2022

RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has called for a new cross-town bus to service UQ St. Lucia for the 2022 academic year.

"New Year, New bus services!" Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track, said.

"Let's make this an annual tradition."

Mr. Dow said that planning solutions often took a back seat to high-profile and expensive 'heavy engineering' solutions. However, planning-led solutions had a key role to play in delivering better bus services quickly and at low cost.

"Here is a bus reform project that does not require $500 million, three rounds of business and engineering feasibility studies over ten years, hostile funding negotiations with the commonwealth for a grant, and no new infrastructure, apart from updated signage."

"How good is that?"

The proposed Route 410 bus service would begin at Brookside Shopping Centre, stop at Enoggera Rail Station and follow Wardell Street through Enoggera, Ashgrove, Bardon, West Toowong, and Toowong. The service would then run non-stop from Toowong via Sir Fred Schonell Drive to UQ Chancellors Place.

Similar to CityGlider services, Mr. Dow said that stops for the service should be spaced 400-600 meters apart to maintain high speed.
"Absolutely, services must be rapid to be attractive to potential passengers versus the car."

Services would initially run every 15 minutes during peak hours, and 30 minutes off-peak during the proposed 2022 trial period. With a route length of 15 km, the service would be expected to take 30 minutes in good traffic conditions.

"Compared to going into the Brisbane CBD and then back out again, we expect this service to save UQ St Lucia commuters between 15 and 30 minutes on each journey. That's excellent value when you consider that expensive motorway upgrades are often justified on time savings of around 5 minutes or so."

We believe a successful trial of this UQ service will facilitate the replacement of the Great Circle Line in this area, with a faster, more frequent, and more direct service. The Great Circle Line has changed little since 1986 when it began.

RAIL Back on Track asks for the service to be trialled for 12 months, in time for the 2022 academic year.

Contact:
Robert Dow
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admin@backontrack.org
RAIL Back On Track https://backontrack.org

References:

1. Proposed New 410 Bus route map



https://backontrack.org/docs/bus/Route410.jpg
 

2. Australian Parliament Hansard 27 May 2013 page 3823
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS South-East Queensland: Public Transport Ms GAMBARO (Brisbane)

https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansardr%2F69dfc543-83f2-4d01-b4e5-b3ac903c117e%2F0314;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2F69dfc543-83f2-4d01-b4e5-b3ac903c117e%2F0000%22

"Following the review being handed down I received a representation from a young constituent regarding bus services from the inner west suburbs. She raised the issue of bus routes from Ashgrove, Paddington and Bardon and the fact that there is no direct link between these suburbs and the University of Queensland. How crazy is that? All of these people living in the western suburbs cannot go directly to the University of Queensland. They have to travel into the city and then they have to travel out to UQ. I bet there are a lot of UQ students who would welcome that.

A huge number of students reside in these areas and attend UQ at St Lucia. Currently there are students living in these suburbs who are required to catch a bus to the CBD and transfer to a bus that goes back to the University of Queensland.

That is despite the fact that there are many major roads and many links towards the University of Queensland from these suburbs without travelling back through the city and adding more travel time and more congestion for students wishing to travel directly to university to attend their classes. I have been encouraged by the particular student that contacted me and I encouraged her to make a submission to the review. I hope this issue will be addressed in future and I know that the member for Ryan will have many students in her electorate with similar issues."
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