Bus station upgrade a win for all
WORK has begun on upgrading the bus station at Riverlink to provide better facilities for passengers and drivers.
TransLink chief executive Neil Scales said the project would deliver a new bus drivers' facility, increase bus stop capacity and improve passenger facilities at Riverlink.
Before last January, bus drivers used transit centre across the river in Bell St, but had to use temporary facilities there after it was flood-damaged.
"This important project will build a new bus drivers' facility which includes a meal room and toilets for TransLink bus drivers. A pedestrian crossing will also be installed for driver safety," Mr Scales said.
"These new facilities will support approximately 60% of the western region bus network and improve conditions for a large number of drivers.
"There will also be bus platform works to increase bus capacity from six to nine buses, including a dedicated bus layover area. Improvements to passenger facilities will also include extra shelter, seating and service information.
"The main benefits of the Riverlink station improvements include providing safe and comfortable passenger waiting facilities and improving station accessibility and convenience for public transport customers.
"The station improvements will also allow for more efficient bus operations and increased capacity for future network growth.
"Riverlink is Ipswich's largest shopping centre and the existing bus station is well serviced by public transport with 11 bus routes, eight of which terminate at the centre.
Construction is scheduled to be finished in mid-June. Some bus stops may be moved during the construction phase, and commuters are advised to follows signs to temporary stops.
For more information visit www.translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.