Mov­ing peo­ple in CBD

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Ryan Mathe­son ryan. mathe­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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-

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