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Ministerial statement: Increase in frequency for route 761 buses

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Ministerial statement: Increase in frequency for route 761 buses

QuoteMinister for Transport
The Honourable Rachel Nolan

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Increase in frequency for route 761 buses

Bus services on route 761 between Tweed Heads and Robina will benefit from a $730,000 improvement package to increase frequency early next year.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the improvements will increase frequency from hourly to half-hourly between 7am and 7pm on weekdays and 7am – 6pm on the weekends.

"This is excellent news for the Gold Coast and demonstrates the Bligh Government's commitment to providing more regular transport services to the region," Ms Nolan said.

"This service has had an average of over 4000 passengers a week since it was introduced in June 2010 and I expect this number to soar with the additional services."

The new package will add an additional 164 services each week, or nearly 8000 seats.

Route 761 connects Tweed Heads through to the Gold Coast Airport, on to The Pines Shopping Centre and Varsity Lakes and Robina train stations and is funded by State Government and Gold Coast City Council.

Ms Nolan commended Gold Coast City Council for their continued commitment to public transport through their financial support.

Gold Coast Mayor, Ron Clarke, said Council contributed nearly $8 million annually to support additional public transport services for the city.

"This helps us improve the frequency of regular bus connections and also makes it possible to provide other services," Cr Clarke said.

He said expanding Route 761 services would prove a benefit for both residents along the western M1 corridor and visitors needing a rail-air connection.

"Route 761 provides a vital link between the Gold Coast Airport and Varsity Lakes railway station. It is used by visitors and residents alike.

"It also complements the popular route 702 from the airport along the Gold Coast Highway, giving visitors an alternate route north," Cr Clarke said.

Departure times on route 755 between Pacific Fair and Robina will be bought forward two minutes to ensure the best driver and vehicle utilisation, following the scheduling of the additional route 761 trips.

For more information on public transport, visit www.translink.com.au or phone the Call Centre on 13 12 30, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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