EASTERN Shore and some northern suburbs bus stops have now been relocated due to key building developments and construction in the Hobart CBD.
The changes, which came into effect on 13 May, sees all services using Hobart City interchange stops J, M, G and H use a different departure point, and services will be distributed between the stops.
The changes are as follows:
Stop J will relocate to the eastern side of the interchange to where stops G and H are currently.
Stop M will relocate to opposite Franklin Square on Macquarie Street.
Stop G and H will be closed, and this location will become the stop J departure point.
Northern suburbs services will be consolidated on other stops (F, M, and Elizabeth St between Liverpool and Bathurst St).
Stops E, F, P, and N are unaffected, as are most timetables.
Services will be redistributed as follows:
Stop J: Rosny Park and Shoreline Central Turn Up and Go Services, Eastern Shore all stop services, Eastern Shore express services (except route X64), Lindisfarne, Geilston Bay, Risdon Vale.
Stop M: Rosny Park, Rosny Point, Waverley Street, Warrane, Mornington, Seven Mile Beach (including route X64), Howrah, Goodwood, Lutana and Grove Road.
Stop F: West Hobart and Mt Stuart.
Lenah Valley services and New Town West route 541 will commence from stop 2 Elizabeth St (which is the second timetabled stop for most services), and city departure times will reflect this.
Metro chief executive officer Megan Morse said Metro focused on ensuring minimum disruption to its customers and operations, as well as other road users, during planning for the changes with City of Hobart and the Department of State Growth.
“The changes to our network are necessary to facilitate development underway at various locations around Hobart and specifically around the Elizabeth Street and Macquarie Street bus interchange,” she said.
“We will be undertaking a comprehensive public education campaign to help customers and motorists travelling through the CBD better understand the change.
“Metro representatives will also be available in the interchange during the transition to support customers to find their new departure points.
“We will continue to offer a stable and predictable network for our customers and aim to minimise any changes.
“At the same time, we recognise the importance of growth and development in the CBD and are ready to work with the state government and council to implement these temporary bus stop moves.”
Ms Morse said Metro played a key role in CBD transport solutions given the number of passengers it carried daily and the potential for that to increase as Hobart experienced unprecedented levels of activity.
“Each day we facilitate up to 17,000 passenger journeys through the heart of our network, the Hobart CBD,” she said.
“We are also working to minimise any potential flow-on effects not only to our services, but traffic volumes generally.”
Customers are encouraged to check the Metro website (www.metrotas.com.au) for detailed information and maps, visit the Metro shop or phone 13 22 01 if they have questions about the new arrangements.