Brisbane’s west side is notoriously poorly served by Translink’s bus network, meaning many locals choose to drive and peak hour traffic is significant. I'm supporting local residents in the western part of Bardon advocating for better buses on the 375 and 475 routes, including a direct connection with Toowong train station.
Residents living in Bardon, especially in the western segment further from the route 61 Maroon City Glider have relatively poor connections with the Ipswich/Springfield train line, even though they live geographically very close by. Their connections with the CBD are also relatively slow and infrequent outside peak hour.
In December 2019 I wrote to the Transport Minister Mark Bailey requesting that the State government do the following:
Bus route 375
Create a connection with Toowong Village and Train Station by extending the route past Bardon to commence and terminate at Toowong. Currently the 375 terminates at Carwoola Street, Bardon. The extension could run via Sir Samuel Griffiths Drive and the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
- This extension would create a much-needed cross-suburban route linking the major activity centre and bus interchange at Toowong with Bardon, Paddington and northside suburbs.
- Increase the frequency of the 598/599 Great Circle Line which already services this area. The existing half-hourly frequency and poor on-time running performance means its usefulness is limited.
- Make it easier to access the city on public transport by increasing the frequency of 375 services after 7pm in both directions to at least once every 30 minutes. Currently the 375 runs just once per hour after 7pm on weekdays and after 6pm on weekends.
Bus route 475
- Extend the 475 route to start and terminate at Carwoola Street rather than Leworthy Street. This small extension would make sure the routes link up where currently they don’t, and would provide public transport options to Rosalie, Baroona Road and Milton Train Station.