Holiday bus service for Redland City


Redland City Council has launched a trial holiday bus service as part of its commitment to help residents move around the city easier and safer.

The trial service will complement Translink services between Redland Bay marina and Capalaba during the holiday period from Friday 23 December to Sunday 22 January.

Lookout for the holiday bus providing free transport around Redland City this summer.

Mayor Karen Williams said the special service was designed to meet an identified need for better direct access for residents to key locations across the city.

We believe there is a gap in the current Translink services between Redland Bay Marina and Capalaba, especially over Christmas and New Year, so have decided to step in and ensure residents can more easily connect with the major shopping centres and medical and commercial precincts, as well as other holiday activities,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Services such as these highlight how Council can help residents get around the Redlands more easily and economically, particularly during holidays, without the need for starting up their cars.

“Council is continually looking to boost connectivity in our diverse city, with a transport and connectivity strategy now being developed to benefit all Redlanders. Should this trial have widespread support, we will look to offer more in the future where needs are identified.

“Trials such as this will provide invaluable data that will then feed into our transport strategy, ensuring it meets demand and reflects the transport movements of our community.”

Cr Williams said the bus would travel from Weinam creek to Victoria Point Bus Interchange Shopping precinct, the Redland Hospital, Cleveland Train Station, Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre and the Capalaba Bus interchange shopping precinct.

“The service is a free trial and will run approximately every 90mins from the ferry terminal starting at 8am and returning from Capalaba at approximately 5pm, in turn benefitting residents in many suburbs,” she said.

“We believe this service, which will be run by the local Blue Bus operators, could also help in reducing congestion and parking issues at key transport hubs like Weinam Creek and the Cleveland Train Station over the busy holiday period, providing additional benefits.”

Following the trial Council will evaluate the success and decide whether a similar service could be operated on a permanent basis.

Redland City – Free bus loop service

Stops: Redland Bay Ferry terminal, Redland Hospital, Cleveland train station, Capalaba and Victoria Point libraries and the Alexandra Hills shopping centre.

Please note this excludes Public Holidays on 25 Dec and 26 Dec 2016 and 1 Jan 2017.

Monday to Friday

Trip details Trip details Trip details Trip details Trip details
Redland Bay Ferry Terminal 8.00am 9.30am 11.00am 2.00pm 3.30pm
Victoria Point Shop Bus Station 8.16am 9.46am 11.16am 2.16pm 3.46pm
Redland Hospital Stop   8.28am 9.58am 11.28am 2.28pm 3.58pm
Cleveland train Station 8.37am 10.07am 11.37am 2.37pm 4.07pm
Alexandra Hills Shops Finucane Road 8.47am 10.17am 11.47am 2.47pm 4.17pm
Capalaba Bus Station 8.52am 10.22am 11.52am 2.52pm 4.22pm
Victoria Point Shop Bus Station 9.08am 10.38am 12.08pm 3.08pm 4.38pm
Redland Bay Ferry Terminal 9.25am 10.55am 12.25pm 3.25pm 4.55pm

Saturday & Sunday

Trip details Trip details Trip details Trip details Trip details
Redland Bay Ferry Terminal 7.45am 9.30am 11.00am 2.00pm 3.30pm
Victoria Point Shop Bus Station 8.01am 9.46am 11.16am 2.16pm 3.46pm
Redland Hospital Stop   8.13am 9.58am 11.28am 2.28pm 3.58pm
Cleveland train Station 8.22am 10.07am 11.37am 2.37pm 4.07pm
Alexandra Hills Shops Finucane Road 8.32am 10.17am 11.47am 2.47pm 4.17pm
Capalaba Bus Station 8.37am 10.22am 11.52am 2.52pm 4.22pm
Victoria Point Shop Bus Station 8.53am 10.38am 12.08pm 3.08pm 4.38pm
Redland Bay Ferry Terminal 9.08am 10.55am 12.25pm 3.25pm 4.55pm

14 thoughts on “Holiday bus service for Redland City

  1. Peter M

    Would you be able to add to your article a map of the route to be taken and state if it stops at all regular Translink stops along the way if required or if the service only stops at the locations mentioned on the timetable.

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    1. Emma Gray Post author

      Hi Peter

      The bus will only be stopping in the locations mentioned in the article: Redland Bay Ferry terminal, Redland Hospital, Cleveland train station, Capalaba and Victoria Point libraries and the Alexandra Hills shopping centre.

      Thanks, Emma

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    1. Emma Gray Post author

      Hi Mash,

      The bus will perform a loop service from the Redland Bay Ferry Terminal every 90 minutes as indicated on the timetable. Thanks, Emma

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  2. Max

    The free bus is a good idea but it is difficult to use. The main problem being where it stops. I wanted to take it from Victoria Pt to Cleveland. There was a sign outside the Vic Pt Library with the bus times but it wasn’t obvious where it stops. ( The Library wasn’t open to ask anyone ) The bus did pull up at the Translink stop on Bunker Road around the corner from the Library. I got on and got off at the Cleveland Library, that’s where the driver stopped, after all it’s a council initiative. A week later I wanted to use the bus from Cleveland to Alex Hills shops so I waited outside the Cleveland Library. The bus came but it continued straight down Waterloo St presumably to the train station missing the Cleveland library. In disgust I went home and drove there. The other comment about the service is that , if you can get on it, is that it is useful to go from Vic Pt, Cleveland, Alex Hills & Capalaba but not in the reverse direction. It would be better if a detailed map with stops was published and you could hail the bus from any stop on it’s route. That would make it more user friendly.

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    1. Emma Gray Post author

      Hi Max

      Sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience with the free bus service. The service was initially servicing the Cleveland library, however the location quickly changed to the Cleveland train station to help service more commuters using public transport. The route has been updated which is reflected in the timetable in this post. Please be aware that the service is a trial and I have passed your comments regarding a route map and the reverse route to the Council transport team. Thanks again for your feedback, Emma.

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    1. Emma Gray Post author

      Hi Barbara

      The bus is a loop service which offers passenger pick ups and set downs at the locations mentioned in the bus timetable. Thanks, Emma.

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  3. Carine

    I used this service a few times in the last 2 weeks as I live in Redland Bay and work at Redlands Hospital. Great idea to put this on and I hope it will be extended as public transport to the hospital is pretty bad and parking around the hospital is dire most of the time.

    I do have a few comments thou. I think the service needs a better integration with the translink services in Redland Bay and Victoria Point. I live between the Redland Bay ferry terminal and Victoria Point shops so in order to get the bus I had to take a translink bus (line 280) to Victoria Point. The 280 translink bus and the Blue Bus leave the ferry terminal at the same time so by the time the Blue Bus is at Victoria Point, the translink bus is quiet a bit behind. Twice I stood at my bus stop and saw the Blue bus drive past and the translink bus was nowhere near in sight. Luckily my husband was still at home so I ran back home and he drove me to work. I ended up giving up waiting for the 280 bus in the morning, found an alternative way to Victoria Point to get on the bus.

    I think the service was not very well advertised. I only found out about it because I saw the bus drive on Weippin Street and read the “Redland Bay terminal” sign on the front. I was intrigued and googled it and was led to this article. I believe if more people knew about it, more people would use it and it would be a very successful service since, as stated above, public transport to the hospital is so limited.

    Also, more signage at the bus stops because it was not obvious exactly where the bus stopped. And when it rained the drivers stopped at the undercover bus stops at Victoria Point, not the library. Which is great and very thoughtful for the people on the bus who got off there but not so when you stand at the library waiting and you’re not sure whether they will still stop where you are or if you have to hightail it across the road in the rain and in traffic.

    But again, a very good idea to put this service on and I hope it gets extended (with translink connections in mind)

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  4. Anthony Truscott

    Wow a very nice driver and excellent service! A great credit to the innovative Mayor Karen Williams and her Council Team!!! I am an aged pensioner and have terrible problems with parking and this service has removed all my problems. I hope Coincil can continue this initiative which enables me to get to the hospital, library and ferry terminal without creating huge car parking difficulties for me. A big thank you to the best Mayor and her fabulous Team.

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    1. John Coupe

      Contrary to some reports above I have found the service a pleasure to use and drivers extremely helpful and pleasant to travel with. Friends all agree the service is worthwhile continuing. I certainly hope it does.

      I have been critical in the past of some Council decisions but this one needs my complete congratulations for a job well done. I hope it continues.

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    1. Redland City Council Communications

      Hi Ruth, the trial has now concluded. We are currently reviewing feedback to see if this is something we can do again in the future or in the long term and what the service will look like. Please let us know if there’s any feedback you’d like us to consider.

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