Commuting from the south coast to the city is about to become easier, with changes announced to the LinkSA Goolwa to Adelaide bus route.
Currently there is only three weekday services with two on Saturday and one on Sunday, none of the weekday services allowed for workers to arrive in the city pre 9am nor return back to the south coast after 5pm.
The changes come after strong lobbying from Member for Mayo RebekhaSharkie who launched a community survey on the matter. The response from nearly 400 locals was that bus services in the region were inadequate, saying many would use a daily service if it was timed correctly.
“This could be such a game changer for our community on the South Coast, taking commuter traffic off one of the State’s most dangerous roads at peak times and opening up so many more opportunities for our young people to pursue further studies or find work while staying in the region” Rebekha said.
The changes mean residents will be able to catch a bus to Noarlunga centre and connect with other bus and train services to the city.
“Older residents who cannot drive have told me that they struggle to get to appointments at Flinders Medical Centre because they cannot guarantee they will be able to catch the last bus back in the mid-afternoon,” Rebekha said.
“It was a perplexing that the Barossa region and Murray Bridge could have an early morning and after work public bus run but a big urban centre like Victor Harbor, that was similar distance away, was isolated.”
“Now I call on the community to stand up and be counted and support this service.”
Community feedback can be provided to Rebekha online at rebekhasharkie.com.au or by calling (08) 8398 5566.