Nightlink numbers increase

THE Nightlink bus service is picking up speed after a slow start.

New figures have revealed more Tweed residents are using the service from Coolangatta to Kingscliff, which links to the subsidised TaxiLink, to take revellers down the Tweed coast to Pottsville.

The service was provided by Tweed Shire and Gold Coast City councils since November last year to address a shortage of public transport into NSW in the early hours at weekends and public holidays.

Tweed Shire Council community and natural resources director David Oxenham said the service’s future was promising.

“It was difficult getting the message out to the community only a month before Christmas. However, Nightlink and TaxiLink have achieved creditable passenger numbers, and are now carrying 10-20 people per night safely home from Coolangatta,” Mr Oxenham said.

“The TaxiLink service is still struggling due to a later decision to proceed, and it is dependent on the revellers in Coolangatta getting the message before they take the bus.

“Current trends suggest the bus will regularly be half-full, with at least one Maxi Taxi full each night by the end of February.”

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