Murray Bridge dial-a-ride bus passengers await new stop to replace Sixth Street

Up the road: The bus stop outside the Murray Bridge Visitor Information Centre. Photo: File.
Up the road: The bus stop outside the Murray Bridge Visitor Information Centre. Photo: File.

For most people, a walk of a couple of hundred metres to a bus stop is no big deal.

But if you have limited mobility, it can be a near-insurmountable obstacle to a full life.

In that respect, the temporary closure of a dial-a-ride bus stop on Sixth Street, Murray Bridge has severely impacted a number of local residents.

The stop was removed late last year, when the street was closed for refurbishment.

Anne Loughran, who has a pacemaker and easily runs out of breath, said she had struggled for months to make it from a temporary bus stop outside the visitor information centre to the post office at the far end of the Murray Bridge Marketplace.

She was not the only one, she said – several locals over the age of 90 also relied on the bus to get around.

"I don't think it's appropriate we should have to walk all that distance," she said.

"My husband passed away six and a half years ago and I don't drive, so that bus was my lifeline.

"Since this all started the number of people on the bus has dropped dramatically."

She said she had written to the council and state MP Adrian Pederick in an effort to find out when a new, permanent stop would be built.

Council infrastructure and environment general manager Simon Bradley confirmed that design work had started on a new bus stop and taxi rank on the south side of South Terrace, opposite Mitre 10.

He could not name a date by which it would be completed, but said the design would be put out to consultation as soon as possible.

"We realise it's not convenient at the moment," he said.

"Now that Sixth Street's finished it's a high priority."

A formal ceremony to mark the the completion of the Sixth Street revamp will be held next Friday.


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