The Friendly Bay Islander - Dec 18, 2013 06:13

Island Bus Service Still Being Investigated

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards is still investigating a Bus Service for Russell and Macleay Islands.

He says he has met with one operator with a view to establishing a service "However, there is still a fair bit of work to be done," he added.

The latest concept for a bus service was suggested by president of the Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce, Ian Goddard.

Two major players have initially been involved with negotiations in relation to operation of a bus service.

Transit Systems Australia and the Blue Bus operators had expressed interest in providing such a service.

With Transit Systems already the operators of the passenger ferry service and Blue Bus already having their blue buses on both island providing school transport, the islands could be in a good place for the possible quick introduction of a future bus service.

Martyn Osborne, of Bay Island Designs, has already completed designs for possible bus stop construction.

The designs were commissioned by Cr Mark Edwards with a view to producing concepts that promote an 'island feel'.

Cr Mark Edwards believes a bus service on our two biggest islands is 'essential'.

"The introduction of Translink into our passenger ferry service is bringing more visitors and there are locals who could make great use of a domestic bus service that fits in with the arrival of major ferry arrivals."
Cr Edwards said, however, he was keen to hear from any parties interested in establishing a bus service.

"I want to make sure all possible avenues have been explored ." he said. “A new operator must be able to provide a service funded from the fare revenue, which means the islands community must use the bus service to ensure it is viable, profitable and continues.”