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Today, readers comment on the Marshall Government axing Transport Minister Stephan Knoll’s plan to cut around 1000 bus stops.

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Commenting on the story: State government dumps bus route changes and Service SA cuts

Kudos to Steven Marshall. Getting a politician to change their mind so deeply into a proposed change is normally met with failure.

Marshall has exhibited great courage and foresight and shows he has a true commitment to the people of South Australia and is prepared to listen. Paul McCormack.

Thank you for airing feedback from pensioners and disabled re proposed bus service cuts.

And many thanks to the SA government for listening to disadvantaged people and reversing the proposed changes! Restores my faith in the state government! – Lesley Sangster

How does pulling up a bus stop sign make the buses go faster, if no one is getting on or off?

Marshall should continue his good work, and dump the pompous Knoll from the ministry and the party.

Perhaps the Adelaide Metro Information Centre could be reinstated close to where it originally was and its 1300 number replaced with a normal land line number or, heaven forbid, a free call number. – Matthew Buck

I have commended South Australia many times on how fortunate we are to have such a superb public transport system.

I don’t own a car and for both my partner, who has a disability through a stroke, and I, it is an essential part of our lives to get around Adelaide.

I am sure there are many, many people who rely on this tremendous asset. – Sabine Gref

I believe that Steven Marshall must be the first SA Premier to listen to the people of his state.

I also strongly believe that Steven has been the best man for the job throughout the Covid-19 crisis, and is easily the best, and most caring Premier in Australia.

Very well done to the Premier of the very best State in Australia. – Joan Harding

What a relief and also an opportunity to rethink outside the box for more practical solutions to our traffic congestion.

By keeping the current infrastructure no current consumer is disadvantaged or discriminated against, and we save $2m being wasted ripping out perfectly good bus stops and shelters.

A simple solution to keep the traffic moving and still service all bus users would be to run every second bus to alternate stops only

So first bus services odd stops 1, 3, 5, 7 etc and the next bus services even number stops. So each run has half as many stops, result being faster travel for both passengers and car users.  Think about that. – Rosslyn Werner

I applaud the SA state government’s sensible decision to scrap the public transport overhaul.

Transport is the second largest source of carbon emissions in South Australia. Proceeding with the culling of bus stops would have directly contradicted Premier Marshall’s pledge earlier this year to tackle climate change and slash South Australia’s carbon emissions.

The longer walking distances to bus stops would have discouraged use of public transport even further, resulting in residents seeking alternative transport options. 

What I would like to hear from the government instead is a climate smart transport plan, one which incorporates strategies to accelerate the transition of petrol vehicles to electric vehicles, to promote cycling as a proper form of transport (and not just for exercise), and to encourage much more use of public transport. 

It will be prudent for the state government to consider the changing climate and our contribution to emissions, when making plans for the state. We simply cannot afford to go through another Black Summer like last year. – Ching Ang

One of the bus stops on the chopping block was stop 13, (south side) Norwood Parade, Kensington Park.

I wrote an online submission during the consultation period three months ago and pointed out that stop 12 in Kensington, just down the road, is exposed to the weather elements but stop 13 is well covered and if stop 13 had to go, at least cover stop 12.  

Bus stop 13 was removed two months ago and stop 12 is still exposed to the heat of summer and the rain and wind of winter.

The area between stop 12 and stop 13 must be one of the only areas in this ‘leafy eastern suburbs’ area which does not have a shade tree within cooee!   

Elderly people, including my 94 year old mother and families with very young children used stop 13 because it was covered. Adele Andrews

Well, I am impressed that our Premier has done this, because it was tone-deaf and blind to the demographic who use the services. 

Who was seriously going to benefit from this proposal? Past surveys have consistently indicated that convenience and not too far to walk are what get people actually prepared to catch public transport. Then one can work on the effort to get the bus around on time. 

More bus express lanes and those sort of options are a reasonable way to improve efficiency, and that includes taking some of the hassle away from cars trying to drive around buses or getting stuck behind or causing accidents and the like. 

Plus what about all those infrastructure improvements around all our council areas to give travellers shelter. Now we just need our ‘fearless leader’ to put a stop to the other incredibly plain stupid proposed Planning and Heritage legislation; what doesn’t Minister Knoll understand about the unique SA indigenous and built environment since European settlement?

Our living spaces are immeasurably improved because of these features, we seek them out. Wasn’t Minister Knoll born in the Barossa? They are in part reasons for many looking to SA, leaving behind the eastern states monoliths and loss of heritage, plus ‘positive’ factors for attracting future migrants and returning expats.

Toss in a now ‘improving’ public transport and road system, plus the continued affordability of housing and ongoing strong interest and support for commercial innovation to improve job prospects. These are all genuinely why we have a lot of reasons SA is a better place to be. 

Minister Knoll take note, it’s people who give us community and prosperity. There is no SA without looking after us. – Mariann McNamara

Stephan Knoll claims good governments listen to the people they serve, but his actions speak otherwise.

Ipso facto, the Marshall government is not a good government – and  you have that on good authority.

Knoll recently released DPTI renderings of the new Ovingham overpass, a project still theoretically under consultation. How can you do that?

The best solution at Ovingham is lowering the commuter train line, not elevating the road traffic, but the government is not listening.

By their own admission, they should resign in shame. Paul Anderson

I think it’s counter productive to state this is a “major embarrassment for Transport Minister Stephan Knoll”.

I’m fairly new to SA, I have no political agenda in SA, I’ve never seen a government that has actually reversed a decision based on community feedback.

Perhaps I’m missing something, but I don’t think anyone would be upset about the fact that a feedback period was issued and actions were made based in the feedback. Frankly that sounds absolutely ideal!

To call that an “embarrassment” seems absolutely foolish to me, if anything it would encourage government to not do it again. Is that something you would like? Do you prefer that they don’t make decision based on community feedback?

I’m just to trying to understand what part of listening to your community is embarrassing? Surely you understand how important calm media rhetoric is at a time like the present? – Daniel Lake

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