New bus service aids Vale residents

Angle Vale residents now have access to cheaper, more convenient public transport, with the launch of the new “hail and ride” Metro Bus service.

The new bus runs regular loops around the township from morning until evening, and connect with the Munno Para shopping centre and Smithfield train station.

The service started on Monday, July 21.

It also runs school-time pick up and drop offs for Mark Oliphant and St Columba students.

The new service means those with longer commutes to Gawler or Adelaide on trains or other metro buses will now have direct access from Angle Vale.

Local MP for Light, Tony Piccolo, who campaigned on behalf of the Angle Vale community for the introduction of the buses, said the new service was a milestone in the growth of the Angle Vale community.

“This new hail and ride bus service provides Angle Vale with much needed connectivity to important nearby services and students can now enjoy the convenience of public transport, as do their city counterparts,” Mr Piccolo said.

“Most importantly, the new service operates on the Metro Card system, meaning eligible passengers are now entitled to concession fares and seniors card holders can travel free during off-peak times.”

The original draft route suggested by the Public Transport Division, did not include the Angle Vale retirement estate but people power quickly prevailed and the route was changed to better suit local residents.

Mr Piccolo said he carried out a direct-mail survey of local residents to seek their feedback, knowing the exclusion of the retirement estate may not have been a satisfactory outcome.

“Unfortunately the timeframe for feedback was very tight but to their credit, dozens of Angle Vale residents were able to provide their thoughts via reply-paid envelope and we were able to get the route amended,” he said.

Residents have received information packages outlining the new services, including routes and timetables from Mr Piccolo.

• More details at www.adelaidemetro.com.au

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