Brisbane City Council will introduce a hail-n-ride Personalised Public Transport Service trial for Bellbowrie and Moggill residents, commencing in October.
Pullenvale Ward Councillor, Greg Adermann announced today that funds had been secured in the 2020/21 Council Budget to undertake the trial.
Cr. Adermann advocated for the trial following the results of a Western Pullenvale Ward community research initiative undertaken by Council last year.
He said the findings confirmed the public transport challenges that existed as a result of a complex environment with densities ranging from suburban to rural. While some areas are serviced by a high frequency bus corridor, others particularly in the western part of the Ward had little or no public transport options.
“One such area, Karana Downs received a Personalised Public Transport Service eight years ago. It has since proven to be the most popular in Brisbane so I was determined to see another one introduced in the western part of the Ward.
“More than 40% of respondents to the survey indicated a preference for a PPT service at Moggill and Bellbowrie and it was the major feedback received at the face-to-face information kiosks, so it was the obvious choice and I commend Council for supporting my request for a trial there,” he said.
Cr. Adermann said the hail-n-ride trial operated by Black and White Cabs was anticipated to commence on 6th October, and run to 30th June 2021.
It will travel from Moggill to Bellbowrie Shopping Plaza to connect City commuters with the 444 and P443 bus services and to the shopping centre.
There will be 14 morning and 9 afternoon services operating Monday to Friday (except public holidays). The cost of a journey will be $1.
The journey time for morning and afternoon services will be 20 minutes. It will run a loop from Birkin Road, Moggill Road, Weekes Road, Bloomsbury Crescent, Joseph Avenue, Livesay Road, Beaufort Crescent, Springbrook Place, Harvard Street, Glenwood Place, Beaufort Crescent, Livesay Road, Moggill Road and then back to Birkin Road (Bellbowrie Shopping Plaza) operating clockwise in the morning and anti-clockwise in the afternoon.
Cr. Adermann said while commuters and students connecting to City bound services would benefit, he was particularly pleased that the 120 residents at Sugarwood Grove Garden Villas would soon have access to a quick and affordable public transport service to the Bellbowrie Shopping Centre.
“Following strong representations from Shirley McLeod on behalf of the Sugarwood body corporate and unit owners Peter and Julie Murray, I was determined that any such service needed to include Weekes Road for the benefit of all residents there,” he said.
Cr. Adermann said he would advocate for additional funds to continue this service in the 2021/22 Council Budget if the trial and demand warranted it.
“Another finding from the research indicated a strong desire for a PPT to connect to bus services at the Grandview Road Park and Ride.
“I would support this, but any decisions about the long-term future of this PPT and other opportunities such as connections to Grandview Road will depend on how well it is utilised during the trial.
“So my advice to local residents is use it, because I for one don’t want to lose it,” he said.
Further information: call Pullenvale Ward Office on 07 3407 0220 or email Pullenvale.ward.@bcc.qld.gov.au