Free Christmas bus services make travel around Noosa trouble-free 16 December 2004
Noosa Council and TransLink are making travel easier for people during the busiest time of year with free bus services, Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot said today.
"Council is again funding free local bus services for its residents and visitors during the Christmas period to alleviate traffic and parking congestions as holiday makers flock to the Sunshine Coast," Mr Abbot said.
"Free services will help people easily access Noosa Main Beach and the Hastings Street shopping area and avoid the additional parking restrictions that will apply along Hastings Street and Noosa Drive during Christmas."
People can enjoy free travel on TransLink services from 26 December 2004 (Boxing Day) to 9 January 2005 on the following routes:
• Existing Sunbus route 625 (Parklands - Hastings St)
• Existing Sunbus route 626 (Noosa Heights - Sunrise Beach)
• Existing Sunbus route 627 (Tewantin - Sunshine Beach)
• Temporary Sunbus route 628 (clockwise AFL Oval Park 'n' Ride - Noosa Bus Interchange - Cooyar St Park 'n' Ride - AFL Oval Park 'n' Ride)
• Temporary Sunbus route 629 (anti-clockwise AFL Oval Park 'n' Ride - Cooyar St Park 'n' Ride - Noosa Bus Interchange - AFL Oval Park 'n' Ride).
TransLink has modified timetables during this period to increase the number of services :
• Routes 625 will operate from approximately 7.30am - 6pm, seven days week
• Routes 626 and 627 will operate from approximately 7am - 7pm, seven days a week
• Routes 628 and 629 will operate approximately every 15 to 20 minutes from 7am - 7pm, seven days a week
and there will be a special timetable for New Year's Eve services, available only on board Sunbus.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Paul Lucas welcomes the Council's initiative and encourages people to take advantage of the public transport options during the holiday season.
"These free bus services will give people more choices and greater flexibility to get around the busy coastal area, and will offer some relief from traffic and parking hassles," he said.
Free park and ride facilities are available on the corner of Cooyar Street and Sunshine Beach Road (entrance via Cooyar Street) and at the AFL Oval (entrance via Weyba Road).
Routes 628 and 629 will transport people between these car parks and the Noosa Bus Interchange on the corner of Noosa Parade and Noosa Drive.
"Limited paid parking will be available at Noosa Heads Lions Park, but these spaces fill up quickly," Mr Abbot said. "We are encouraging people to use the free outer park and ride facilities and catch the free bus into the heart of Noosa Heads."
Sunbus is asking people to please be patient if buses are running late due to the influx of passengers and traffic during this time. "Sunbus is preparing for an extremely busy time on Sunshine Coast roads and high demand for services," Sunbus Manager Peter Hagan said.
"We ask people to be patient and considerate of bus drivers who are under an enormous workload not only driving but also acting as tourist information providers. Sunbus will make every effort to provide back up buses during the day as demand increases."
Special timetables will be available from 22 December onboard Sunbus services and from local visitor information centres, libraries, Noosa Shire Council and Queensland Transport Customer Services Centres.
For further timetable information, visit www.translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.
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