Fig Tree Pocket families with kids at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly State High School, Holy Family and Brigidine College should have access to a direct Translink school bus route in the morning and afternoon.
Better buses, including a direct bus route which works for everyone at all four schools would cut congestion and take the pressure off families.
School drop-off and pick-up creates terrible traffic congestion between Fig Tree Pocket and Indooroopilly (Witton Rd, Radnor St, Coonan St and Lambert Rd). This is extremely disruptive for families with school-aged children and other local residents alike.
At the start of 2020, I helped Bardon and Rainworth families secure a direct Translink bus to Kelvin Grove State College. I have also been pushing for better buses on the 430 and 445 routes.
Fig Tree Pocket is close to Indooroopilly, but is poorly served by public transport.
The public 430 and 445 buses from Fig Tree Pocket do not stop close to the four schools, instead travelling to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and the CBD. There is no public bus running up the eastern side of Fig Tree Pocket on Jesmond Rd.
How we can fix it
The State government authority Translink conducts a school bus network review twice per year, with changes coming into effect in Term 1 and Term 3.
Translink is required to consider community input when deciding on new services. That means if we can mobilise enough families, we stand a good chance of securing a new direct Translink bus route from Fig Tree Pocket to Lambert Rd.
There is no Translink school bus service from Fig Tree Pocket in the morning.
The existing Translink school service (S722) runs in the afternoon only. That afternoon service leaves Lambert Rd at 3.20pm, slightly too early for young people at St Peters.
Two additional S722 services in the morning and one extra service in the afternoon would go a long way to addressing the problem.
Private, for-profit bus companies have so far refused to adequately service the area, especially the southern end of the suburb. For example, the Southern Cross Transit S60 service does not go any further south than Pylara St. This is despite discussions between Southern Cross Transit, local parents and other stakeholders.
To help get a direct public bus, please use this page to email the Minister for Transport & Main Roads (Mark Bailey MP). You can edit our template email to make it personal to you (or write your own). A personalised message will have much more impact to let the Minister know locals want to see action.
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