PTUA welcomes funding of bus interchange at Ballarat station

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) today welcomed the announcement of $5 million funding for the construction of a new bus interchange at Ballarat railway station, to be completed in 2018.

The bus interchange had been included in draft plans during public consultation, but notably was not funded in Ballarat Station Precinct works announced in December 2016.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever praised the decision to bring the construction of the bus interchange forward.

“Ballarat railway station is a key transport hub, and must remain so. The highest priority for the station precinct has to be public transport enhancements like the bus interchange.”

“While we still have questions about other aspects of the Ballarat Station Precinct plan, there can be no doubt that the funding of the bus interchange is a huge win for Ballarat commuters.”

“The interchange should allow easy transfers between buses and trains, making life a lot easier for those who currently take the bus. It should also help encourage people who currently drive to get out of their cars and take the bus to the station, reducing pressure on parking and reducing congestion on surrounding streets.”