A major overhaul of SA’s public bus system will no longer go ahead after considerable backlash from the community.
The State Government has abandoned a plan to remove bus services across Adelaide and the Hills and scrap 1,000 bus stops across metropolitan areas.
“The public transport users in South Australia have made it abundantly clear that they do not want to see any changes to the bus routes,” Premier Steven Marshall said after a cabinet meeting on Monday 29 June.
Not only copping criticism from the State Opposition and commuters, Liberal backbenchers were against the plan, including Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan, who created a petition calling for the cut to the 841F (the only direct bus between Nairne and Adelaide) and Liberal Member for Davenport Steven Murray who sent letters to his constituents flagging he would oppose the cuts “vigorously and publicly”.
The government has also dumped its unpopular plan to privatise three Service SA centres, which was first announced in the 2018 State Budget.
Photo at top of Adelaide Bus by eGuide Travel, Flickr