Hang up the car keys, bus timetable?s back

By LEONIE BRANN

CARR Government transport boss John Lee has ordered Kirklands Buslines to reinstate its old timetable ? but the change won't take effect for at least a week.

Director-General of Transport, Mr Lee said Kirklands would need a period of grace to adjust its operations to meet his demands.

After initially giving Kirklands a week to fix the chaos, and extending the deadline to yesterday, Mr Lee said many problems still remained.

"The deadline to solve the problem has now arrived and clearly Kirklands has not been able to resolve the issues raised by parents and schools," he said.

"Less than half of the problems have been fixed, which is not acceptable."

Mr Lee has handed down a four-step plan to fix the Kirklands chaos, including reinstating the old timetable, thorough community consultation, and developing a transparent strategy for further changes.

The last step of the plan is to bring in a new timetable in the second half of the year reflecting community need.

"Only by doing this will Kirklands be able to satisfy the Ministry of Transport and, more importantly, its local community that it is serious about resolving all of the difficult issues its timetable has caused," he said.

Tamsin Jackson, of Uralba, who has vocally opposed the changes, said she was relieved.

"I spoke with John Lee, I had to hear the good news from the horse's mouth," the mother-of-three said.

"Commonsense says we should keep our kids safe."

State Member for Lismore Thomas George thanked residents for their patience in waiting for the month-old issue to be resolved.

"Kirklands must consult the community this time," he said.

Kirklands yesterday declined to comment.

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