Works are underway to construct a new bus interchange at Ballarat Station that will improve connections for public transport users and take buses off local streets.
The bus interchange is being built within the Ballarat Station precinct and will provide 12 new spaces for local buses, making it easier and safer for passengers to connect between services.
It will give local buses a permanent home, taking them off nearby streets and removing the need for buses to wait for long periods of time in front of houses and shops.
The interchange will include pedestrian crossings, CCTV, lighting, shelters and seating, improving comfort and safety for station users.
The detailed design is the result of extensive consultation with engineers, architects, transport stakeholders and the Ballarat community. Works are being delivered by BMD Constructions.
The project is creating 160 jobs in delivery including new apprenticeships and opportunities for local Ballarat trades and suppliers.
When the interchange opens, buses will enter and exit the precinct from Nolan Street where there will be a new signalised intersection as part of the project.
The new bus interchange is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $32 million investment in the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment.
Works on the interchange are expected to take around five months to complete.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll
“This interchange will deliver better infrastructure for locals using Ballarat Station while protecting the heritage value of the station precinct.”
“After we delivered 100 new train services to Ballarat earlier this year, we’re getting on with upgrading the interchange to provide better connections.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison
“Bringing buses into the station precinct and away from neighbouring streets will bring relief to local residents and businesses.”
“These upgrades will give public transport users a better connection between their train and local bus services.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle
“Buses are critical for making the vital journeys around Ballarat such as getting to school, shopping, hospital visits or seeing friends as quick as possible. With all the local buses in one place, it will be easier to swap buses and get around.”
“It can get cold in a Ballarat winter so it’s good to know that we’ve added wind breakers to the bus shelters for comfort.”