Brisbane’s buses just got a whole lot more user-friendly.

From today, people using wheelchairs, prams or walking aids will be able to board any of the city’s 1,200 buses.

Tegan Atkins reports.


Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “Here we go, number plate gone, bit of history removed.”

The last high-floor bus was officially retired from service, marking a major milestone in public transport for people with wheelchairs, prams and walking aids.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “You know if you are wheelchair-bound, for example, and you’re wanting to catch a bus the reality is, up until today, you’ve had to ring in and make sure that the bus service on your particular route or time is a low floor bus.”

The new buses don’t have any steps through the front door.

There is a ramp for wheelchair access and two dedicated wheelchair spaces.

Now everyone can travel around Brisbane in an affordable and spontaneous way.

John Mayo, Spinal Injuries Association: “So this is a day which a huge number of people would have been waiting for.”

With the retirement of this ’90s vintage bus brings the Lord Mayor’s promise to modernise the entire fleet and make 100% wheelchair access a reality.

Work is also underway to upgrade more than 2,700 bus stops across the city to improve their safety and accessibility.

Tegan Atkins, QUT News.