BENDIGO civic leaders have called on the community to give feedback on a new plan that could revolutionise bus services in the city.
City of Greater Bendigo councillors last night endorsed the release of a proposed Mitchell Street bus stop redevelopment.
A new bus hub at the corner of Hargreaves Mall and Mitchell Street, with seating and screen technology to allow passengers to see when buses are due, is a key feature of the proposal.
Screen software worth $500,000 would allow people to view screens at the hub or on a smartphone app, to track bus services in real time.
The technology would be a first for regional Victoria.
The proposal also includes a $3 million redevelopment of road and footpaths around Mitchell Street.
Council’s presentation and assets director Darren Fuzzard said the new bus shelter would decrease the amount of people waiting for buses on the footpaths, which has been of concern to shop owners.
Greater Bendigo mayor Alex Sandner said he hoped the intelligent transport system would also ease congestion in Mitchell Street.
Mr Fuzzard said council would begin consulting shop owners, students and bus users about the proposal, especially about the features of the new bus hub.
“Council has approved the general layout, so now we still really want public feedback... what needs tweaking and to be reviewed, (such as) whether we need a toilet, whether the building should be fully enclosed. I’ve already started talking to students around the area and they’re really keen to give their ideas.”
Epsom ward Cr Lisa Ruffell urged traders and the community to read the report, which would be available online and at council offices early next month, and make a submission.