Sunday, February 8, 2009

Letter to the editor: Public transport

AS a disabled person in a wheelchair I recently was fortunate enough to have a test run on one of the new disabled-friendly O'Driscoll coaches that have begun to run between New Norfolk and Hobart (check timetables).

These buses have ramps that can be put in place by the drivers with little fuss, making entry onto the bus much easier with no steps to negotiate. I rolled straight onto the bus in my wheelchair - it was very easy. Having flat entry to the bus is a great bonus for people who would not be able to use a standard bus with stairs.

This bus service with many runs back and forth to Hobart each week will also allow the youth of New Norfolk to access many activities outside the town, hopefully alleviating much built-up boredom. This company also serves Ellendale, Westerway, Bushy Park and Rosegarland according to the timetable.

Scott Shaw
Deputy Mayor, Derwent Valley Council

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