Changes to Elizabeth Bus Mall
While everyone seems to be admiring the number of cranes on the Hobart skyline at the moment, the reality is that there is disruption to several areas in the City. One area soon to be affected is the Elizabeth Street Bus Mall – starting Sunday 10th December – for the development of the Hyatt Centric Hotel.
Changes include some bus stop relocations, some traffic access, and the relocation of the Elizabeth Street motorcycle parking.
To enable the demolition and subsequent construction of the new hotel, Hutchinson Builders will occupy part of the roadway in the Bus Mall between the Metro Shop and the Discount Chemist.
The Lord Mayor, Alderman Sue Hickey said: “The changes were agreed to by Metro Tasmania and the Department of State Growth as the only viable solution to provide enough room for a work site.
The changes will be in place for approximately two years (until December 2019), and involve:
- The existing Metro Tasmania bus stops servicing the eastern shore will be relocated adjacent to Franklin Square on Elizabeth Street and to outside the GPO and old Mercury building in Macquarie Street.
- Elizabeth Street (from Davey Street to Macquarie Street) will be limited to buses, taxis, emergency vehicles, bicycles and permitted vehicles but access will remain open for all traffic heading toward the waterfront in Elizabeth Street (from Macquarie Street to Davey Street).
- Motorcycle parking will be relocated from Elizabeth Street to Macquarie Street (adjacent to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) and to Post Street which is accessed from Franklin Wharf.
- The existing Metro bus stop in Campbell Street will be relocated into Macquarie Street and will include the installation of a new shelter.
Changes have already been made to the traffic signals at the intersection of Macquarie and Elizabeth streets to facilitate the changed traffic arrangements.
Metro Tasmania’s eastern shore services are scheduled to be relocated from the Elizabeth Street bus mall from Sunday 10th December 2017 and further details about the changes to bus services are available at www.metrotas.com.au
Metro will have representatives on the ground during the changeover to assist passengers with the new bus stop arrangements.
Pedestrian access on Elizabeth Street past the Hyatt Centric worksite will be maintained during the works. However there will be occasions, such as when the tower crane is installed and dismantled, when minor detours will occur.