The wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre will be removed by Council this Friday (7 May) with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay.
The Jonson Street bus stop was decommissioned by Transport for NSW last week when it opened the $8.4 million Butler Street bus interchange which was designed to shift transport services out of Jonson Street.
“With the new bus interchange now in operation, we will be dismantling and removing the wooden shelter at the Jonson Street bus stop which was built by Council as a temporary structure in 1995 awaiting construction of a permanent interchange,” Byron Shire Council’s Acting Manager Major Projects, Chris Soulsby said.
“We are removing the shelter because the bus stop is no longer operational and we don’t want people turning up there or dropping their kids off thinking a bus service will be arriving.
“By removing the structure we are clearly indicating that the interchange on Butler Street is where you need to go to catch a bus.
“Removal of the shelter structure will also help us reduce the risk of it becoming a hotspot for anti-social behaviour and will open up better pedestrian access in this busy area,” Mr Soulsby said.
Plans are underway to upgrade the site surrounding the Visitor Information Centre with landscaping, seating, bicycle racks and access pathways.
These works are scheduled for completion by July 2021, weather permitting.