Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat, Riverlink Shopping Centre manager Bob Ritchie, and Member for Ipswich Ian Berry announce the opening of the new Translink bus depot at Riverlink.
Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat, Riverlink Shopping Centre manager Bob Ritchie, and Member for Ipswich Ian Berry announce the opening of the new Translink bus depot at Riverlink. David Nielsen

Boost for bus station

BUS passengers can now enjoy a safer Riverlink bus station, and drivers can access dedicated meal room and toilet facilities, following the opening of the upgraded stop on Monday.

Translink's upgrade to the station includes changes to the road which prevent motorists from making illegal U-turns in the bus area, and a new pedestrian crossing.

Permanent facilities for bus drivers were also built to replace the Ipswich Transit Centre amenities destroyed in the 2011 floods.

Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat said the new-look station would benefit all road users.

"Riverlink is a very busy precinct; there is a lot of pedestrian and vehicle traffic that passes through the area at all times throughout the day," Mr Choat said.

Mr Choat said the upgraded station could now handle up to nine buses at once, up from six previously. He said the reconfiguring of the road greatly improved the station's safety.

"Previously, we had witnessed instances where some motorists were using the Downs St end of the bus station to make dangerous and illegal U-turns. The improvements to Riverlink bus station allow for improved timetable efficiency in the busy area and cater for future growth."

Member for Ipswich Ian Berry said the upgrade gave customers and staff better shelter and facilities.

"These upgrades providecustomers with a more comfortable area to wait for their bus home or connecting buses," Mr Berry said.



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