Anticipated Bus Route arrives for Greenbank and Flagstone
Over the last few years, we have seen an increase of traffic on Teviot Road, Mount Lindsay Highway, and the Greenbank Arterial caused by growth in the area. For many, accessing public transport was not a viable solution due to either distance to a Park and Ride or lack of parking in peak hours.
November 18th saw the 535 Bus from Flagstone to Browns Plains begin operation, bringing much needed relief to our roads. This will affect more than just the traffic, however. Those without transportation can now access medical centres, pharmacies, and dental clinics. Teenagers and young adults can expand their job searches to include a much wider area. We will see a decrease in vandalism and youth crime in the area, given that much of that can be attributed to bored teenagers.
The new route is a step in the right direction, but there is more that needs to be done. Both Pub Lane Tavern and Greenbank RSL are services by this route, yet the last bus towards Greenbank and Flagstone leaves as early as 8:30 PM. At minimum, there should be extended weekend hours to support those taverns and offer a Plan B to those enjoying the nightlife in Greenbank and beyond. The area can also benefit from more Park and Rides, especially in places that will host stops on the Beaudesert-Salisbury Line. Building Park and Rides now will benefit the local area immediately, and decrease construction costs in 5 or 10 years when the train stations are built.
The 535 bus will improve the quality of life for many living in the area, not just for transportation out of Greenbank and Flagstone, but for those wishing to visit family and friends that live here. We welcome the new route, and look forward to future growth.