Ipswich Transit Centre still hasn’t opened since it was flooded.
Ipswich Transit Centre still hasn’t opened since it was flooded. David Nielsen

Transit Centre close to recovery

IPSWICH people going places should only have a short wait before the Ipswich Transit Centre is up and running again.

The transit centre at the bottom of Bell Street in the Ipswich CBD went under water when the Bremer River burst a bank.

Like many riverside properties, it was also invaded by thick mud that had to be flushed out once the water subsided.

Three weeks later, the bus station part of the transit centre is still stalled but the wheels are in motion to get it moving again.

Queensland Rail (QR) currently manages the Ipswich Transit Centre and provides maintenance and security of the building.

A QR spokeswoman said there was extensive flood damage to the building which required it to be stripped and cleaned.

“The centre remains closed however customers can still access the train station,” the spokeswoman said.

Queensland Rail is working to reopen the transit centre as soon as possible. The access road for buses should be open within days and we hope to have the Transit Centre partially reopened in the next few weeks.

“We are continuing to investigate options for the full reopening of the Transit Centre.”

The spokeswoman said QR had a commitment to have it reopened on February 25.

“That’s basically three weeks away,” she said yesterday.

“But we’re looking to have people on site tomorrow to see if we can get it up and operating in the next week or so.

“We want to at least get the toilets and seating in a usable condition and have everything else gradually fixed until the centre is fully reopened.

She said water that flowed through the centre caused widespread damage to the building.

“Basically the entire building was gutted,” she said.

“Over one metre of water went through the main level of the building. Everything was damaged or water-logged.”

Greyhound bus company has set up a temporary bus stop in front of the Ipswich train station for its customers.



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