DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Young’s driver Erica Burns.
DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Young’s driver Erica Burns. Rachael Conaghan

Zilzie students catch a lift with Young’s Bus Service

THE days of changing buses to get to and from school will soon be over for Zilzie high school students thanks to a dedicated school bus service starting next month.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the new school bus route was based on demand as the development at Zilzie's Keppel Cove Estate continued to grow.

"The trip to school for secondary students is a long hike and the two bus journey makes this seem even longer," Mrs Lauga said.

"From Monday, November 9, a direct school bus route S658 will transport secondary students from Keppel Cove Estate to Yeppoon High School.

"There are at least 56 secondary students registered for transport assistance that this extension will benefit.

"On average, these students used to travel about 3km to access a two-bus journey to get to Yeppoon High School and this will now be a thing of the past, which I'm sure will be a great relief to students and their families."

Mrs Lauga said the new service was a collaborative approach involving the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Livingstone Shire Council, Young's Bus Service and the Keppel Cove Estate developer.

She praised the work of the Emu Park State School P&C for its impressive and important work in bringing the issues to the attention of all stakeholders.

"Livingstone Shire Council has assisted by removing traffic-calming devices that had been preventing buses accessing the area.

"The road changes will also allow TMR and Young's Bus Service, in conjunction with the developer, to look at future changes to urban bus services into the area," Mrs Lauga said.

For further information on changes to secondary school bus services, contact Young's Bus Service on 4922 3813.



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