12 Jul 2016

The Sunshine Coast bus network is being upgraded and improved around the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) and in Nambour ready for the SCUH opening in April 2017.

TransLink spokesperson Miguel Holland said the Department of Transport and Main Roads was working on a new bus route for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and two new routes for growing residential areas near Nambour.

Customers will be able to travel to the new hospital from key locations across the coast including Maroochydore, Caloundra and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Mr Holland said.

This new route 611 (Maroochydore to the SCUH) would operate generally every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends, including major stops at Mooloolaba and Kawana.

Existing route 607 (Caloundra to USC via Kawana) would also be upgraded to run generally every half hour between 5am and 9pm and will also stop at the SCUH servicing the hospital during core operating hours.

These services will be a vital link for both hospital staff and students.

Maroochydore, Caloundra and Sippy Downs customers will also have access to weekend bus travel to the hospital from 6am to 9pm."

Mr Holland said two new proposed bus routes in Nambour would provide greater access to public transport within developing residential areas such as Woombye, western Nambour, eastern Burnside and Palmwoods.

The infrequent loop route 639 (Nambour area local service loop) is set to be replaced with two new hail 'n' ride routes 637 (Nambour local loop) and 638 (Nambour to Palmwoods loop)," Mr Holland said.

Route 637 will operate generally every 60 minutes seven days a week, providing weekend buses for the first time to western Nambour and eastern Burnside."

Route 638 will replace the Palmwoods loop of route 639, with greater coverage in Woombye and Palmwoods.

Nambour customers will notice more direct routes, more regular bus services including on weekends and an increase in the number of bus connections with trains at Nambour station."

Mr Holland said TransLink would host local information sessions for the Nambour network review in Nambour only and the SCUH service change at Caloundra, Kawana, Buderim, Sippy Downs and Maroochydore with an open online feedback portal for customers to have their say on the proposed bus changes from Monday 18 July to Sunday 14 August.

Full details including times and locations will soon be available online on the TransLink community engagement hub haveyoursay.translink.com.au or by calling 13 12 30, anytime.