University student Samantha Judd has said she would welcome a regular bus service between Adelaide and Murray Bridge, if the state government’s proposed feasibility study proves it to be viable.
The state budget – delivered earlier this month – outlined that a feasibility study, worth $150,000, would be carried out to assess the viability of the extension of the metro bus service to Murray Bridge.
Ms Judd, who studies nursing at UniSA, believed a regular bus service between Adelaide and Murray Bridge would be used frequently by people who regularly commuted outside of the city.
“I’m at uni around two or three days a week but I love living in Murray Bridge because my family is here and I want to stay here,” she said.
“But the commute can be burdensome, even more so when I’m doing placements, which require me to travel even further depending on where I am placed.
“At the moment I’m driving to Mount Barker every day and catching the bus from there into Adelaide but it would be great if I could just get on the bus here and go all the way.”
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said bringing a metro ticketed bus service to Murray Bridge had always been a priority for him.
“It is in our budget so the feasibility study will happen,” he said.
“From there it is in the hands of the department (of planning, transport and infrastructure) to do the full costing and analysis and will assess timetables and routes.
“I’ve pushed this as hard as I could and it is the closest we’ve been in 16 years so we will wait and see what the decision of the department is from here.”