New Road Network A Boost For Travellers
In a major boost for tourism and business travel, Greyhound Australia has announced there will be significantly improved travel times in south east Queensland for passengers on board its coaches from August.
Greyhound Australia’s General Manager of Public Affairs Tony Hopkins said the nation’s coach operator will use the AirportlinkM7 tunnel, saving up to 20 minutes on its busiest routes from Toowoomba and to the north of the city.
“Several of our major routes will be affected when the AirportlinkM7 tunnel opens, making it a huge boost for regular travellers, business travellers and tourists,” Mr Hopkins said.
“We will use it at all times and across all our relevant timetables. We believe this is a piece of infrastructure that will work as it should and that will be a huge advantage for us.”
Greyhound Australia is the country’s only national bus company and has around 1.3 million customers annually. It has regular services that run across south east Queensland, from Toowoomba to the Sunshine Coast and Surfers Paradise.
“Toowoomba to Brisbane Airport is one of our most travelled routes. For the first time the trip to the International terminal will be scheduled for under two hours. It could be as quick as an hour and 45 minutes. When combined with other road upgrades that are on the way, it could be even less. That’s a significant time saving, especially on a round trip,” he said.
“Not only does it save on time, but it will also save on stress. Sitting in heavy traffic when you reach Brisbane is not enjoyable for those on a deadline. This new tunnel will allow us to avoid the worst of the congestion and make our travel times much more predictable. That’s important for any transport business.
“With no major airport in Toowoomba people living or visiting there rely on Greyhound Australia to get them to Brisbane promptly and with minimal fuss. Many also come into Brisbane for other appointments. The reliable travel times will give those people more assurance as they travel.”
Mr Hopkins said the benefits will be felt by passengers heading north as well.
“This is especially the case for tourists. We will be able to cut half an hour off a round trip to Australia Zoo. That’s extra time people will get to spend with the animals and seeing the sights,” he said.
“People would rather be outside, not on a bus. That’s what holidays are about. Passengers that Greyhound Australia carries south from the Sunshine Cost for sporting and other similar events will also enjoy the improvements.
“Tourism bosses and companies will welcome the road upgrades and the cut to travel times. AirportlinkM7 will improve travel around the city, but the benefits to other regions like the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba are less talked about. This is what excites us the most.”
Source = Greyhound Australia