Beach-side bus buzz


The busy Noosa Junction transit precinct on the Sunshine Coast was a-buzz on Sunday with the opening of a new $10 million bus station

Beach-side bus buzz
Beach-side bus buzz

August 29, 2011

Noosa's public transport centrepiece – the $10 million Noosa Junction Station – swung into action this morning after Sunday’s open day which saw hundreds flock to the facility.

The bus station was opened by Acting TransLink CEO Matt Longland and Sunshine Coast Councillor Debbie Blumel.

Blumel’s councillor colleague Russell Green says coaches and tourism operators will benefit from the new station providing a convenient and central location for public transport and tourism in the region.

"This station will help revitalise Noosa Junction and cater for future public transport growth," he says.

Located at the intersection of Cooyar Street and Sunshine Beach Road, the bus station features seven bus bays, drop-off/pick-up facilities for tourist buses, public toilets, three layover bays, Go Card ticketing machine, short-term car parks, bicycle storage and loading bays for adjoining shops and public plazas.

"I believe the standard of facilities and improved access to bus services will also encourage more residents to try public transport and leave the car at home," Green says.

Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Noosa Junction Bus Station is a major investment in public transport for Noosa and the Sunshine Coast by the Queensland Government, Federal Government and Sunshine Coast Council.

"The State Government, through TransLink, has provided $5 million for the project, along with $3 million from the Federal Government's $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council with $2 million," she says.

Federal Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese says the $3 million in Federal funding was part of an effort to create local jobs while building the infrastructure the region needs for the long term.

"This new transit hub will provide residents, visitors and tourists with a more seamless transfer to local transport networks," Albanese says.

"It will improve safety and accessibility for passengers and cater for future public transport requirements in the growing region."

TransLink services using Noosa Junction bus station:

•Route 620 - Noosa to Maroochydore via Sunshine Beach

•Route 622 - Noosa to Maroochydore via Peregian Springs

•Route 626 - Sunrise Beach to Tewantin via Noosa Junction

•Route 627 - Sunshine Beach to Tewantin via Noosa Junction

•Route 628 - Noosa Junction to Parklands via Noosa Civic and Tewantin

•Route 629 - Noosa Junction to Tewantin via Noosa Civic

•Route 630 - Noosa to Nambour via Eumundi

•Route 631 - Noosa to Nambour via Cooroy and Yandina

•Route 632 - Noosa to Cooran via Pomona and Tewantin.

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