New School Bus Routes Announced for 2024

Students in Pallara, Heathwood, and Forest Lake will have access to expanded school bus services starting 2024. New services will be added, whilst some existing routes will see adjustments.

Read: Pallara State School Among Brisbane Schools Facing Enrollment Surge

From 22 January 2024, the 803 bus route serving the Pallara area will offer two morning pick-up times from Brookbent Rd – 7:38 a.m. and 7:43 a.m. The afternoon 803 service will depart Pallara State School at 2:50 p.m.

The 804 route from Heathwood to Pallara State School will continue without changes.

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Additionally, a new route 777 will be added to provide service between Pallara, Heathwood and Forest Lake High and St Johns. This route will have a morning pick-up at 7:30 a.m. from Brookbent Rd, with stops along several roads before reaching Pallara School at approximately 7:50 a.m.

In the afternoon, the 777 route will leave High Street in Forest Lake at 2:40 p.m., stop at Pallara School at 2:50 p.m., and reach its final stop back at Brookbent Rd by 3:13 p.m.

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Finally, adjustments have been made to the district’s 789 route from Heathwood to Corinda High. The morning bus is scheduled to arrive at Corinda High School at 8:14am. Return buses are set to depart Corinda High at 3:05 p.m. and 3:10 p.m., passing through the Parkwood Dr/Watergum St stop between 3:46-3:51 p.m.

Read: Six New and Permanent Pallara Bus Stops Ready By December 2022

The expanded bus service represents a victory for the Pallara community after years of insufficient public transportation options for students. A few years ago, with no school buses available, some families were even resorting to Uber rides to get their children to and from school each day. 

Although there were some TransLink stops along local streets, residents reported that buses rarely actually stopped to pick up riders. Now, thanks to advocacy efforts like community petitions that led to six new permanent bus stops built in 2022, the area will benefit from multiple new and improved routes.

Families are encouraged to review the updated routes via TransLink’s website as they plan transportation needs for the 2024 academic year.

Published 28-December-2023 

Pallara State School Bus Adds New Forest Lake and Heathwood Stops

Did you know that the 803 school bus service to Pallara State School has expanded, extending to service areas such as Sanctuary Pocket and Chain of Ponds estates in Forest Lake and Heathwood?

The 803 school bus service to Pallara State School extended its services on the 12th of July 2021, utilising existing bus stops in Old Blunder Rd and Wadeville St as well as additional bus stops in Sanctuary Pocket and Chain of Ponds estates to expand the existing 803 route. 

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Councillor Angela Owen encourages parents to give their children the opportunity to use this school bus service as less cars on the road means reduced congestion around the school. The 803 school bus service brings children all the way from Heathwood Estate to Pallara State School and back. 

7:55 a.m.Parkwood Dr near Juniper Street2.42 p.m.Vied Rd near Landel St
7:55 a.m.Parkwood Dr near Acacia St2.44 p.m.Esky Rd near Kraft Rd
7:55 a.m.Parkwood Dr near Coolibah St2.46 p.m.Laxton Rd near Esky Rd
7:56 a.m.Parkwood Dr near Laurel St2.50 p.m.Ritchie Rd near Wadeville St
7:58 a.m.Ritchie Rd near De Vries Rd2.53 p.m.Parkwood Dr near Juniper St
7:59 a.m.Ritchie Rd at Ritchie – Van Dieren2.54 p.m.Parkwood Dr near Coolibah St
8:00 a.m.Laxton Rd near Ritchie Rd2.55 p.m.Parkwood Dr near Laurel St
8:05 a.m.Vied Rd near Landel Rd

8:08 a.m.Sweets Rd near Ritchie Rd

8:11 a.m.Kraft Rd near Esky Rd

8:13 a.m.Ritchie Rd at Palla

Pick-Up Rules and Regulations

Drop-off and pick-up areas have been marked with passenger loading zone signs, and passengers who wish to enter or leave the bus have a maximum of two minutes to do so. Parents are allowed to leave their vehicles to help their children enter safely, however they are not allowed to stray and walk too far from their vehicles. 

Parents can also stay in the signed area for a maximum of two minutes, and taking any longer will result in a fine. In the event that a student is not ready to enter the vehicle, parents will have to drive around and queue once again. Children should only enter and leave vehicles at the signed area as it is unsafe to let them in or out while waiting in a queue. 

It is also important to remember that parking and stopping across pedestrian crossings is a criminal offense that could lead to fines as it endangers the crossing supervisors, students and parents who make use of the crossing. The Pallara State School has a large parent car park next to the drop off/pickup areas, and parking on the road outside of the grounds is not permitted and could result in fines.

The Pallara State School can be found at 39 Ritchie Rd, Pallara. For more information, visit their website here.