Sunday, 19 February 2012

New Route 451

Tommorow (20th February 2012), a new bus route will be trialled. It will be called the 451, and will run between Greenwood Train Station and Kingsway City Shopping Centre along Hepburn Av. The service will run only on weekdays, every 20 minutes from 6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm, and hourly from 9am to 4pm. This route can only run on weekdays because it uses the sole bus stand at Greenwood, which is used by the 456 to Sorrento on weekends, meeting all daytime trains.
The route will take 17 minutes, 20 min with the midday deviations to Keith Simpson Masonic Homes, which is oddly takes longer than the 450, running to Warwick, which is further away, in 12 minutes.
It is a pity that there will be no weekend service, or service after 7pm, but the former require an additional bus stand, and the latter needs more operational funding.
The route is operating on a six month trial, after which the route's patronage will be reviewed, and while it is a useful link, its limited schedule does not help its chances.

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