Moving people in CBD
BENEFITS: Sunbus’ Martin Saxon, Cr David Crisafulli and MP Mandy Johnstone peruse the plans PUBLIC transport infrastructure upgrades in the new-look CBD have been g i v e n t h e g r e e n l i g h t through a revamped strategy handed down by the Townsville City Council this week.
The $ 56 million Flinders Central redevelopment is s e t t o b o a s t t w o - w a y through traffic, a public plaza area and improved public transport facilities.
An additional 36 parking bays will be created for the redevelopment as part of the revamped strategy.
Buses are set to service the CBD from upgraded bus stops on either side of Stanley and Walker streets.
Townsville Taxis’ service will operate from five bays in the current Stokes St interchange and the existing larger rank near the Perfumed Gardens.
Council’s Planning and Development Committee c h a i r m a n C r D a v i d Crisafulli said the new additions would encourage shoppers into the city heart.
‘‘ We want to bring as many people into the CBD whether it is by car, on foot, by bus or in a taxi and make it as convenient as possible,’’ he said.
‘‘ That’s why it is important t o maximise opportunities for parking and have an up-to-date public transport plan for the CBD that offers good linkages to Flinders St and the downtown area.
‘‘ Bringing traffic back into Flinders St has changed the whole ball game in terms of t r a n s p o r t a n d p a r k i n g needs in the city heart.
‘‘ There’s no question that S t o k e s S t n e e d e d t o change.’’ Townsville MP Mandy Johnstone said the upgrade was set to provide a host of benefits.
‘‘ Upgrading the city centre will encourage Townsville city residents and visitors to be proud of its central precinct,’’ she said.
The council recently com-