At its meeting on Wednesday 24 November, Queanbeyan City Council agreed in principle to the relocation of the Queanbeyan Bus Interchange from its current location in Morisset St to the Collett St carpark.

“Council believes that the Collett St carpark is the ideal location for the Queanbeyan Bus Interchange and this move will allow Queanbeyan to establish a park and ride facility,” Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall.

“The creation of a park and ride facility in Queanbeyan will encourage the use of public transport and also increase the usage of the Collett St carpark. At the moment only 20-30 of the 464 car spaces in the Collett St carpark are used on a daily basis.

“Along with the need for a park and ride facility, the move comes about due to size constraints of Morisset St interchange and traffic safety issues.”

Council has held discussions with Deane’s Transport Group regarding the relocation and will continue to work with the company during the planning phase.

“Council understands that a number of issues must be resolved in the Collett St Carpark before the move can take place, including:

· improvement to bus turning paths
· provide toilet facilities
– provide seating for bus patrons
· review of security which may mean the installation of CCTV
· lighting improvements.

“I believe the relocation of the bus interchange will have real benefits the community,” Cr Overall said. “It will help alleviate the problems in Morisset St and will also increase usage of the Collett St Carpark.

“Over the coming weeks I will be raising this issue with State and Federal members of Parliament as well as candidates for the State Government elections. Council will enter into discussions with the relevant authorities to see what grant funding may be available for the project.”