Use what people power provided

GET on the buses - or the buses will go off.

Hervey Bay residents were yesterday urged to use the city's new Travel Train coach services put on by Queensland Rail earlier this month for a three-month trial, after pensioner Cheryl Sims fought long and hard to get the service.

“Queensland Rail have listened to the people of Hervey Bay and combined with the hard work of Cheryl Sims in organising a petition to the government, we will now have a better service,” local MP Ted Sorensen said yesterday.

“This will help those who have to travel at times when there were long, uncomfortable waits at the station.”

Queensland Rail's dedicated coach services are running from Bay Central to Maryborough West to connect to the northbound Sunlander and Cairns Tilt train services.

QR is also running a dedicated coach service on Tuesdays from Maryborough West to Bay Central for the westbound Spirit of the Outback

“The extra seven buses on trial are loading well,” Murray McKenzie, general manager of the Hervey Bay Transit Centre, said.

“This sort of flies in the face of QR earlier saying the demand wasn't there.

“It is.

“But with 20 per cent off services on the Sunlander and Cairns Tilts right now, I urge people take advantage and use the bus connections on offer.”

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