Bus in­ter­change work be­gun

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

Work has started on the Maude St bus in­ter­change re­de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the de­mo­li­tion of struc­tures near the cor­ner of Maude and Vaughan Sts.

The works are part of Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil’s $3 mil­lion twostage plan to re­vi­talise the south­ern end of the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

The de­mo­li­tion will al­low for the con­struc­tion of new pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­ties which will in­clude an adult change room, breast­feed­ing and baby chang­ing rooms as well as a bi­cy­cle stor­age area.

The works also in­clude con­struc­tion of a plaza area and a new eight-bay bus in­ter­change.

Coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Phil Hoare said the new plaza was aimed to cre­ate a friendly space for shop­pers.

‘‘The plaza area will pro­vide a great space for so­cial­is­ing and the new fa­cil­i­ties will be user friendly and com­ple­ment the new bus in­ter­change. It will greatly en­hance the amenity and safety of the area for our com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Hoare said.

He said the new bus in­ter­change would op­er­ate on both sides of Maude St for north traf­fic.

Later stages of the over­all project in­clude streetscap­ing of Maude St from Vaughan to High Sts and traf­fic sig­nals to re­place the round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Vaughan and Maude Sts.

Mr Hoare said the over­all project works would be staged in the next two fi­nan­cial years with com­ple­tion likely to be in late 2020.

Fund­ing for the project is com­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund, Pub­lic Safety In­fra­struc­ture Fund, VicRoads, Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria and the coun­cil. and south­bound

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