Survey supports moving bus stops

A SURVEY of some St John Street businesses has found 78 per cent supporting moving major bus stops from the inner-city street.

Launceston City Council alderman Hugh McKenzie this week told The Examiner he had been contacted by business owners troubled by the location of the stops.

Cityprom executive officer Vanessa Cahoon said of the 85 per cent of businesses surveyed this week, the majority wanted the Metro Tasmania interchange areas moved.

Businesses including Noni B had relocated because of the stops and baby store Tinkerbell's planned to close for the same reason, she said.

Ms Cahoon said survey results so far found 72 per cent of business owners did not support upgrading the existing infrastructure, as advised by the Greater Launceston Plan.

"Businesses see the location of the bus stops as positive and negative," Ms Cahoon said.

"It is foot traffic ... (but) partly it's groups of people who were quite rowdy and when congregating in those groups had an intimidating presence."

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