The LNP’s focus on the BaT Tunnel and carparks for train stations shows the Government doesn’t understand transport needs, according to the peak body representing Queensland’s bus industry.
The Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) has launched a transport blueprint for the future, which calls for more frequent bus schedules, more investment in transport infrastructure and better cooperation between industry and government.
Executive Director David Tape said more people relied on buses than trains and other public transport, with State Government figures showing bus travel accounting for over 67 per cent of public transport in SE Queensland and over 93 per cent in the regions.
“Our solution is simple and workable. Every bus on the road is estimated to save 50 cars, and if we focus on better bus infrastructure and more services, we won’t need to keep building as many roads.”
The QBIC also slammed the State Government for a lack of industry consultation during the last three years, which resulted in the Government changing the bus tender process, a move the association warned recently would see many bus operators go out of business.
Mr Tape said he has received a commitment from Labor deputy leader Tim Mulherin that if elected, the ALP would scrap the tender process, reintroduce negotiated contracts and better engage with the industry.
“We welcome Labor’s commitment as it will provide for certainty of contracts and a continuation of business for small to medium bus operators in Queensland.”
“Finally there is some hope to retain Queensland business and Queensland jobs.”
Calling on the LNP to match Labor’s commitment, he revealed that many in the industry who have voted for the Liberal and National Parties all their lives were disillusioned and would vote against the party for the first time.
The QBIC’s transport blueprint, “Moving People Queensland” is now available.
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