The Victorian Government has revealed the design for the new bus interchange at Ballarat Station.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said that the new interchange would make it easier for passengers to access the station precinct and make it safer to change between transport services.
“The new bus interchange will mean better access to transport services and quieter local roads, making it easier for people to get where they need to go.” Ms Allan said.
The project is expected to take buses off local streets with 12 new bus bays within the Ballarat Station precinct, while improving comfort and safety for passengers with pedestrian crossings, CCTV, lighting, shelters and seating.
The reference design is the result of extensive consultation with expert engineers and architects, transport stakeholders and most importantly, the Ballarat community. In response to community feedback, an additional pedestrian crossing has been added to improve connection to the station building, and the shelters now include windbreakers to better protect passengers from weather.
New signage and landscaping works will also help people get where they need to go around the precinct. The reference design will be used to gain heritage and planning approvals, ensuring the design complements the unique heritage values of the station building.
The State Government is also set to deliver a $557 million Ballarat Line upgrade, which is expected to deliver more frequent and reliable services for Ballarat and Melbourne’s growing west.