Some residents who raised their concerns regarding Bus Stop closures have received a generic email response from Translink.
In the response (similar to the response received by BeCA and posted recently) Translink has endeavoured to explain their reasoning for the closures.
From these responses BeCA has ascertained that Translink’s definition of “consultation” is very different to the general population’s understanding of what consultation is all about. Generally ‘consultation’ is a two way process where groups meet and swap ideas to seek a positive outcome in the best interests of everybody. The outcome always represents a collaborative viewpoint when consensus has been achieved.
It seems Translink’s version of ‘consultation’ is we will tell you what we have decided will happen and that is it. BeCA can now verify Stockland, despite making a financial contribution to the running of the bus service, was not involved in any way or form with the decision to close bus stops. They are just as concerned with the outcome as BeCA.
BeCA can confirm that actions are continuing in the background from a variety of sources.
There was a similar occasion when Translink decided to change a Golden Beach bus route which disadvantaged some residents. Despite action from many sources including Public Forums and petitions to Parliament, Translink did not change its final decision.
BeCA will continue to seek a positive response to the bus stop closures as it explores all possibilities.