Old bus timetable restored and it?s ?business as usual
By NERIDA BLOK
FOR Brendan De Waard it was school as usual.
Waiting at the Trinity Catholic College bus interchange yesterday morning, the 11-year-old Lismore student said that he was unfazed by Kirklands resuming its old timetable.
The company had been forced to go back to the future by the Carr Government after a month of chaos.
Brendan said he and his mother 'hopped on the net and went to Kirklands' site just to see if the bus timetables had changed'.
"We figured out I should be at (Goonellabah Primary) school at 8.53am," he said.
Brendan said the old timetable hadn't bothered him that much, despite arriving at school at 9.10am.
"I just missed out on all the messages at morning assembly," he said.
Brendan's sister Ashleigh, a 14-year-old student at Kadina High School, was also nonplussed but happy the old timetable was back.
"They will get it right some time," she said.
"I feel sorry for the bus drivers. It's been confusing for them as well."
However, for Kirklands bus driver of 15 years, Jim Morris, there was no problem.
Mr Morris said reverting to the old bus timetable was easy.
"I'm happy either way ? but the other way was more efficient," he said.
Kirklands' boss Peter Shepherd said the move back to the old timetable had been successful.
He said there had been very few problems.
The general manager said Kirklands was now concentrating its efforts on restoring the old services.
He said there were not going to be any major changes in the next few months because parent company Buslines central operations team, which designed and introduced the timetable, had other matters of competing priority to address.
"So it will be the some months before there is any focus back on timetable changes locally," Mr Shepherd said.
Lismore MP Thomas George said all indications to him suggested that reintroducing the old timetable had gone smoothly.
"All I ask is that everyone works together to bed the old timetable back down," he said.
"And, if in the future Kirklands do want any changes, well the steps are quite clear for them to consult all stakeholders."