Below is the response received today from Translink regarding BeCA’s disapproval of the closure of 6 bus stops in Bellvista and Bells Reach.
“TransLink is committed to providing fair and equitable access to public transport. We acknowledge your feedback on how the service change for a new optimised route 606 has impacted service coverage for some residents of the Bellvista and Bells Reach Estates in Caloundra West.
This service change was designed to provide a dedicated route between Little Mountain and Caloundra and dedicated service coverage to Caloundra South, Caloundra West, and Baringa. As part of this change new route 606 replaced route 603 between Caloundra station and Caloundra West, and one-way loops were removed at Bellvista and Bells Reach estates to make services easier to understand and more direct.
Three new stops were constructed on Bellvista Boulevard to improve walk up access as part of the service change, and all passengers now have access to new services with a greater span of hours on weekdays and weekends. While there were six stops decommissioned for urban services, school buses will continue to service some of these stops. TransLink acknowledge some passengers affected by the service realignment may experience an increased walk up access between 650 metres to 420 metres, and depending upon where passengers reside, walk up access may be improved.
Ultimately, route 606 is scheduled to provide residents with a greater span of hours on weekdays and weekends, to allow passengers to better access services and facilitate seamless transfers to route 607 services to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and University of Sunshine Coast.
When delivering service changes, TransLink takes a balanced view of impacts and benefits. Whilst some residents will have longer walks to access services, some Bellvista residents will now experience improved walk up access, and furthermore, all residents will now have access to direct travel in both directions and an increased number of opportunities to travel each day.
As you can understand, TransLink must prioritise investment where it has the largest impact across the entire transport network ensuring that services are considered and prioritised against the competing needs of the network as a whole and the levels of funding currently available.
While a redirection of buses along the previous alignment is unable to be considered further at this time, TransLink recognises that the needs of communities change over time and as such, TransLink will continue to monitor the performance of the route to ensure that it is providing a service that best meets the needs of the broader community.”
BeCA again reminds residents of Mark McArdle’s petition which is available from the Bellvista Medical Centre or the Positive Property People office, both situated in Bellvista Market Place. There is also a reminder to get along to the Power Boat Club, 10 am to 12pm on Saturday May 18th for a Forum conducted by Mark McArdle on the Bus Stop Closure issue.