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Ministerial Statement: A little bit of London comes to the Gold Coast

Started by ozbob, July 29, 2011, 15:07:58 PM

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Transport and Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
29/07/2011

A little bit of London comes to the Gold Coast

A revolutionary double-decker bus will be trialled on Gold Coast tourist bus routes in order to carry more passengers and boost awareness of public transport across the Gold Coast.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk inspected the new locally-built bus - Australia's first low-floor twin steer, wheel chair accessible bus - at Southport this morning.

"Gold Coast tourists will be among the first to use this groundbreaking new double-decker bus which will run along the Gold Coast Highway between Tweed Heads and Southport ," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"The State Government has worked hard to support business and promote tourist growth and it's great we can transport tourists and commuters along the coast in world-class locally-made buses.

Ms Palaszczuk said the new double-decker would carry 96 seated passengers and run on route 700, run by Surfside Bus Lines.

"These new home grown double-decker buses are designed to be big on space, comfort and savings," she said.

"They not only carry more passengers than standard buses but also have the same footprint as a standard 12.5-metre-bus.

"They have comparable manoeuvrability compared to articulated buses thanks to an unprecedented engineering feat - two steering axles at the front and one fixed axle at the back."

"We expect to have the double-decker out on the road from mid August."

Megan Harkin, from Surfside's parent company Transit Australia Group (TAG), said Surfside was excited to be adding this Australian first to our fleet mix and also contributing to a greener public transport service.

"Our passengers and drivers will be impressed with the comfort and the quality finish of the product," Ms Harkin said.

"We have drivers lining up to be rostered to drive this remarkable vehicle."

The State Government, through TransLink, is funding the new double-decker bus at a cost of about $80,000 a year.

The bus is expected to operate on Route 700 between Tweed Heads and Southport starting mid-August.

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Quote from: Happy Bus User on July 29, 2011, 16:04:17 PM
What is a bustech doing at West End?  :-t

It was tested recently in a number of locations all over Brisbane, including the busway.

You won't be seeing it there again in a hurry, I expect.
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So, Gold Coast gets light rail AND a double decker route bus service.  Sunshine Coast gets a promise of a CoastConnect bus service, maybe, in the fullness of time, after all other necessary considerations have been made, subject to financial considerations and a pre-feasibility study ....

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Quote from: Stillwater on July 29, 2011, 18:23:19 PM

So, Gold Coast gets light rail AND a double decker route bus service.  Sunshine Coast gets a promise of a CoastConnect bus service, maybe, in the fullness of time, after all other necessary considerations have been made, subject to financial considerations and a pre-feasibility study ....

It could be a serious option for the Sunny Coast too you know - it is a TAG operation using Bustech integral products, same as Surfside.  They would be a fantastic addition to the 600 and 620, particularly the latter.
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Quote from: Stillwater on July 29, 2011, 18:23:19 PM

So, Gold Coast gets light rail AND a double decker route bus service.  Sunshine Coast gets a promise of a CoastConnect bus service, maybe, in the fullness of time, after all other necessary considerations have been made, subject to financial considerations and a pre-feasibility study ....

Sunshine Coast brought it on themselves, While the Gold coast was luring developers the SC was turning away as many people as possible and against any form of development. The gold coast was really just smart and look at where they are now, the first regional city in austalia to get a serious public transport system and in 50 years will most likely have a light rail metro supported by a heavy rail interchange to brisbane
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Sunny Coast population is growing at among the fatest rates in Australia.  From the CoastConnect project document:

"In 2007, the estimated resident population of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area was 303 050 people. However, population growth projections suggest the population in 2031 could be as high as 558 880 people. That is an increase of up to 84% between 2007 and 2031.

"This massive growth brings with it the need to move more people more efficiently between the key centres of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore."

Read more: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/~/media/1281c442-574d-4147-a678-b216b5a743bd/pdfcoastconnectinbrief.pdf


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Just noticed that TransLink have started 777 services from Broadbeach to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) Still think that articulated is the way to go with all door boarding, especially when they are concentrating on a light rail extension south. Makes more sense to run low floor articulated busses. Better for people with disabilities, higher ceiling clearance inside and regular vehicle clearance in and about the streets. Double Decker ok, as a tourist thing, like an explorer bus with the rooftop cut off, but not as a commuter bus. (There was initial delay in introducing services because Gold Coast Airport had to remove some over head road signs and advertising due to clearance issues).

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