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Shuttle bus run set to cut risks

Darryl North of Rod North and Sons Coaches is helping to make our roads safer.
Darryl North of Rod North and Sons Coaches is helping to make our roads safer. Chris Ison

LIFE is a highway but for Michael Roach he'll no longer have to drive it all night long.

From Monday the Gladstone construction worker, who lives in Rockhampton, will swap car-pooling for a seat on a new shuttle bus service between the industrial hubs.

The concept was his idea but Rod North and Sons Coaches is making it reality through a one-month trial.

The benefits to workers are two-fold as the coach company's operating manager Darryl North explains.

"With the increase in rent prices a lot of people have shipped out of Gladstone but still work there," he said.

"They have to carpool or commute, but this service will help to take some of those cars off the road."

Michael said it was also about safety, not only for employees but also for all people travelling the Bruce Hwy.

He said working 12 hour shifts was a struggle.

"I think everybody knows someone who has been in a close call," he said.

The service will run two return trips daily between Rockhampton's Rugby Park and Yarwun in Gladstone. Darryl said the service would also be able to make stops along the way at Bajool, Mt Larcom and Raglan if needed.

He said if the service received good response, a second shuttle at different times was also a possibility.

"We'll see how it goes," he said.

"I'm willing to try and give it a go."

TRIAL RUN

Rockhampton: from Rugby Park 4.30am and 4.30pm

Yarwun, Gladstone: from Rio Tinto car park 6.15am and 6.15pm

Cost: $20 return trip

Starting: next Monday For more information call Rod North Buses on 4934 6211

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