More bus stops and shelters to be upgraded in grant program’s second round

Eric Abetz, Minister for Transport

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is working hard to deliver better infrastructure around our public transport routes as part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.

Minister for Transport, Eric Abetz, said he was pleased to announce that sixty nine bus stops and shelters are set to be upgraded or installed around Tasmania through the second round of our state-wide All Access All Weather Bus Stop Upgrade Grant Program.

This second round would see funding provided across Sorell, Launceston, Southern Midlands, Northern Midlands and Burnie council areas.

“The state-wide All Access All Weather Bus Stop Upgrade Grant Program allows local councils to apply for funding to upgrade bus stops and install shelters,” Mr Abetz said.

“Importantly, these enhancements are made possible through joint Tasmanian Government and council funding, increasing the overall investment.

“We had a good response from local councils during our first round of works with 94 bus stops and eight bus shelters installed or upgraded across ten council areas through a joint investment of more than $900,000.

“We’re now continuing on with the job through round two with almost $800,000 worth of work on 69 bus stops and shelters scheduled to begin in mid-2024 across the latest five councils.

“Our commitment of up to $10 million for this program is vital to upgrade bus stops to meet disability standards and create a more comfortable experience for passengers.

“By improving the passenger experience we want to see more Tasmanians consider giving the bus a go, at the same time helping to reduce congestion on our roads and lower transport emissions,” he said.

Round three of the program is expected to open in mid-2024.

A list of councils and bus stops receiving funding under round one and round two of the Bus Stop Upgrade Program is available at transport.tas.gov.au/public_transport/bus_stop_upgrade_program

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