Bus hub move mooted

Bus blues: A Ritchies bus outside O'Connells.

Queenstown’s central bus hub may be moved and 17 car parks scrapped under a new proposal.

The New Zealand Transport Agency announced today it’s consulting on plans to move the Camp Street bus hub to Stanley Street.

It also wants to remove 17 car parks from the area – 11 between Shotover and Ballarat Streets on the northern side and six between Coronation Drive and Ballarat Street.

Under the proposed changes they will be replaced by bus stops and no stopping areas.

Senior road safety engineer Roy Johnston said the Queenstown Lakes District Council wanted the bus stops relocated because the Camp St bus hub stops will not be available once major redevelopment work starts on O’Connells Shopping Centre.

“Shifting the bus stops will help ensure continued and safe and easy access to public transport while this building is being refurbished.

”Being able to continue to provide this is important to maintain the growing popularity of the Queenstown Orbus service as a way for both locals and visitors to move around the area. It also aligns with possible public transport bus hub options on Stanley Street.”

Johnston says in considering feedback, NZTA will take into account the potential impacts on property owners and occupiers, all road users, the community and public transport services.

Feedback can be sent to Senior Safety Engineer, NZTA, PO Box 5245 Dunedin 9058 or emailed to speedlimitotgosthlnd@nzta.govt.nz on or before 5pm on November 26.