Sunshine Coast passengers are set to benefit from improved connection times at Nambour train station when a new timetable for the Hinterland Connect starts on September 1.
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said TransLink and Sunshine Coast Council had worked with the operator to enhance the timetable to better meet the needs of Sunshine Coast Hinterland residents.
“The new Hinterland Connect timetable will start from Monday, 1 September, which will see buses meet trains at Nambour station, providing a better transfer opportunity for onward travel around the coast and on to Brisbane,” Mr Powell said.
“The timetable improvement means departure times might change by up to 30 minutes, so we are encouraging all customers to become familiar with the new timetable ahead of its start date.
“We’ve listened to members of the community who wanted this service to stay and we’ve taken customers’ feedback on board to make improvements that now better meet community needs and will encourage more passengers to use this service.
“This hail ‘n’ ride service will continue to operate on weekdays only and won’t run on weekends and public holidays.
“Customers can view the new timetable at one of two locations in Maleny and Nambour where TransLink staff will be available to answer customers’ questions about the changes.
“If you can’t make one of the scheduled information displays, TransLink staff will be on board some services in the lead up to the change with information for customers, otherwise you can view the new timetable online.”
Information displays will be set up at:
• IGA, Maple Street, Maleny on Monday, 18 August between 10am and 12pm
• Nambour train station, Civic Way, Nambour on Monday, 18 August between 1pm and 3pm.
Mr Powell said the Hinterland Connect bus service was jointly funded by TransLink and Sunshine Coast Council and will continue until mid-2015, when it would again be reviewed against key performance indicators agreed upon with council.
Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the council was pleased to support the State Government’s extension to the modified trial.
“We urge hinterland residents to use the improved Hinterland Connect so the State Government can make it a permanent service at the end of the trial period,” Cr Baberowski said.
Division 5 councillor Jenny McKay said the trial extension was a great outcome for the Sunshine Coast hinterland community.
“I have worked hard to have this service continued and the community has worked hard as well,” Cr McKay said.
“I am so confident, now that the Minister has broadened the terms to enable the change of schedule, this will become one of the most highly-used transport services in the region.”
For more information or to view the timetable, visit www.glasshousecoaches.com.au, www.translink.com.au or call 13 12 30, anytime.