Parking chaos to be relieved
THE Bell St parking puzzle will be dismantled and put back together again - but this time all the pieces will fit.
The transport hub has descended into chaos over the past six weeks as the construction of Icon Ipswich continues.
Finding the balance between the Translink bus services, taxi ranks, disabled parking and on-street parking has caused Councillor Andrew Antoniolli a headache.
But after further consultation over the past four weeks he is confident the problem is now solved.
A reconfigured Bell St parking arrangement will be unveiled in two weeks and include two 15-minute and two one-hour car parks at the street's southern end.
The taxi rank, formerly outside Tirra Lirra and Noodle City, will be relocated to the entrance of the transit centre and replaced with a 15-minute car park.
The construction zone on the eastern side of the street will include two one-hour parking spots within the construction zone.
The final significant change is the availability of the construction zone for general parking after 6pm each day.
Cr Antoniolli said the signs were likely to be in place in two weeks time. The changes are just what Tirra Lirra co-owner Craig Scott was after.
Mr Scott is pleased with the outcome and expects the changes to have an immediate effect on business.
Mr Scott said he was impressed with the solution Cr Antoniolli had come to.
"I think that will have a positive impact for all the businesses in our end of Bell St. I think it will have a positive impact really quickly," he said.
Cr Antoniolli said finding a solution had been difficult with so many different elements.
"We have spoken with a number of the businesses and the taxi company about the changes," he said.
"I would like to thank all of the stakeholders and business- es for their co-operation and patience." Cr Antoniolli said the car park at the northern end of Bell St was the CBD's busiest.