The government of South Australia has abandoned plans to reduce the number of bus routes across Adelaide after a major public reaction.
- State government backed down on plan to remove more than 900 general purpose bus stops
- Prime Minister Steven Marshall said the decision was made after “a huge amount of feedback”
- He said government will pursue “other improvements” to public transportation
Earlier this month, it was announced that more than 900 general-purpose bus stops across the city would be removed or used only as school bus stops, to make way for more regular and more direct services.
The project has met with strong opposition from users of public transport who depend on the network.
Saudi Prime Minister Steven Marshall has said he has taken charge and will no longer pursue the plan.
“We have received a lot of comments,” he said.
“Users of public transport in South Australia have made it clear that they do not want to see any changes in bus routes in South Australia.
The workforce criticized the proposed changes, saying that more than 1,000 bus stops should be removed.
The government rejected this claim, admitting that about 500 had to leave, before conceding 400 others which should be converted into stopovers only for students.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said it was “very clear” that public transport users “want the existing routes to continue.”
“We have had thousands of people who have shared their comments with us,” he said.
Marshall said the government would pursue “other improvements” to public transportation.