Bus company denies leaving girl, 12, after Go Card failure

THE bus company accused of leaving a girl at a Gold Coast bus stop last week claims its internal investigation does not corroborate the version of events the girl's father gave to media.

A spokesman for Surfside Buslines said the company had made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Dean Bleakley, who has claimed his daughter Lucinda, 12, was left stranded at a bus stop when her Go Card failed to work and the bus driver would not permit her to board.

He said a detailed review of the company's operating systems, including CCTV footage, timetables and card reader information, as well as an interview with the bus driver, found the claims Mr Bleakley and his daughter made were not supported. 

The spokesman said attempts to contact Mr Bleakley to further investigate had so far been unsuccessful.

"Surfside's General Manager has attempted to contact the father of the student a number of times to discuss the findings of the investigation, as the information obtained does not support the events reported in the media," he said in a statement.

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