Magnetic Community News
ROAD SURFACE RESEALING ON HORSESHOE BAY HILL.
Please note important changes to all Magnetic Island - Bus operations from: Monday, 29 August 2022. These changes are temporary for approximately two weeks, and will affect all School Bus and normal route bus operations.
From Monday morning (29 August) onward, the road contractors will commence sealing the road surface between: Nautilus Street, Horseshoe Bay (HSB) and the area of Armand Way – near the Arcadia Hotel in Arcadia.
Due to the width of the road laying machine, it will not be possible for our big buses to safely pass the laying machine due to the road curvatures on HSB Hill. As such we are prohibiting the use of large buses whilst the road laying is in operation. This is expected to be from 6:30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and possibly Saturdays.
From Monday we will be operating: two 25 seat Mitsubishi Rosa buses between: Arcadia Hotel stop at Alma Bay, Arcadia and the Gifford Street stop, at the corner of HSB Road and Gifford Street.
Large buses will operate as normal between Arcadia and the ferry through to Picnic Bay.
In addition, a large bus will be stationed in HSB each day to operate between the seafront at HSB (Pacific Drive) and Gifford Street, where it will meet the Mitsubishi Rosas and transfer all passengers from them for travel to Arcadia. (and vice versa) This large Bus will also operate to Swenson Street for school students as normal.
School services will be affected, however School students should be at their normal stops at the normal time and will be catered for within the system. For students who reside along Gifford Street, they will be collected as usual by a large bus and then transferred to a Rosa Bus for the transfer to Arcadia and onward travel.
School students will be met by a school bus at Arcadia for onward travel to the ferry for High School students, or to M.I. State School for Primary Students.
Primary School children will NOT be left unattended at Arcadia whilst waiting for a transfer to the larger School Bus.
School Bus operations travel times may be slightly impacted by the road sealing operations, so students may arrive home later than usual, so it is important that Primary School parents are aware of these temporary changes. It is expected that it will take approximately two weeks for the HSB Hill road sealing to be completed.
Ticket sales for passengers will be as normal, excepting - The Mitsubishi Rosas, which will not sell or require tickets from ANY passenger and they are free to ride between Arcadia and Gifford Street.
School students will of course travel free as normal.
IF YOU NEED TO CATCH A PARTICULAR FERRY DUE TO FLIGHTS OR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS ETC – THEN ENSURE THAT YOU CATCH AN EARLIER BUS - IF NEEDS BE.
I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding for the Bus travel impacts in the next few weeks. I note the contractors and road traffic crews are doing a fantastic job rebuilding our Island’s roads, and I’m sure that you are looking forward to the great new and safe roads we will have when the project is complete.
Personally, I believe the short term pain is well worth the long term gain of the high quality roads we will soon have. It is however imperative that safety takes a front seat and I will ensure that we do all we can to convey all our passengers during this period with the utmost consideration of safe operations.