Talks on options for bus stops

FOUR proposed options to move Launceston's central business district bus stops will be up for discussion tomorrow.

The Launceston City Council will hold a "pop-up" community consultation at 74-82 St John Street, from 1-5pm, to gauge the thoughts of bus commuters.

The consultation comes after a request by city businesses seeking the relocation of some stops.

Seven options were initially canvassed against a set criteria and four options are now being considered.

They include:

● Keep the current location but update the bus stops.

● Stay in St John Street between York and Paterson streets, but St John Street would become one-way with improved bus stops further away from businesses.

● Move the St John Street bus stop from opposite the Quadrant to outside the church between Paterson and Cameron streets.

● Paterson Street between Charles and St John streets would become two-way with bus stops on both sides of the street.

Council acting general manager Rod Sweetnam said the pop-up community consultation was a good opportunity for people to talk to council staff about the proposal.

He said the council had established a project team to look at moving the bus stops, made up of the State Growth Department, Metro, Cityprom and the Tasmanian Bus Association.

"Over a period of some months we have overseen a study into the CBD bus interchange, and this study has resulted in several potential options," he said.

"The idea of moving the bus interchanges has also been a part of the City Heart consultation sessions, and we'll be collating all the feedback on both these initiatives in coming weeks."

In June, then Metro chief executive Heather Haselgrove said the company opposed such a move and warned it would be detrimental to commuters and may actually hurt businesses.

She said there was a need for broad consultation to hear the needs of everyone.

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