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1About the project

We are installing a signalised pedestrian crossing upgrade of the city-bound bus stop (Stop 27, No.145 Channel Highway), opposite Taroona Primary School from Monday, 7 March 2022.

We're building a new retaining wall, a new footpath, working on kerbs and ramps, and installing new traffic lights, fencing, and linemarking.

This work is Stage 2 of the Taroona pedestrian crossing and bus shelter upgrade project, and we expect to be finished by the end of August 2022, weather permitting.

Stage 1 of work was completed in February 2022, and included building a larger and safer waiting area, two new bus shelters for increased comfort, and a design that better caters for passengers with limited mobility.

This project addresses safety concerns raised by the community for bus passengers crossing the Channel Highway to access the city-bound bus stop.

2Maps and designs

Click on the image below to view the Taroona Signalised Pedestrian Crossing and Bus Shelter design in full screen.

Taroona Signalised Pedestrian Crossing and Bus Shelter Design

3Bus stop and traffic impacts - March 2022

Bus stop changes

Bus services to Bus Stop 27 will be affected during our work.

The bus stop will be closed between from 9:00 am and 2:30 pm from Monday, 21 March to the end of May 2022.

The bus stop will be accessible before and after this time.

The bus stop will be fully closed during school holidays, from Thursday, 14 April 2022 to Friday, 29 April 2022.

There will be no temporary bus stop at this location during works.

Traffic changes

We will be working Monday to Friday, and should be finished by the end of August 2022, weather permitting.

There will a reduced speed limit and some lane closures during our working hours, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Any works that affect traffic flow will be done outside of peak school drop off and pick up times.

Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time, keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

4Community consultation

We have released the Consultation Summary and Feedback report for the Taroona Bus Stop and Crossing Upgrade project.

The report was developed from the public consultation period held between 13 October 2021 and 5 November 2021, where community members were invited to provide feedback on the concept design published on the our website.

View the Taroona Bus Stop and Crossing Upgrade - Consultation Summary and Feedback Report as a PDF file.

5Frequently asked questions

Why do we need a signalised pedestrian crossing (with traffic lights) at Taroona and a new bus stop?

Each year the number of enrolled students at Taroona High School continues to grow. Since 2015 16 enrolments have increased by 23% and this growth is expected to continue in future years.

There is no room within the Taroona High School grounds to cater for an increase in dedicated school buses, however there is capacity available on the existing Metro general access bus services in the afternoon school peak travelling towards Hobart city, which stop on the Channel Highway, which students can catch.

Bus stop (no. 27) located across the highway from the Taroona Primary School needs to be upgraded so it is accessible, safe and has adequate space for students waiting for Metro general access buses.

What other options were considered?

There is no room within the Taroona High School grounds to cater for any more buses.

Currently there are 17 buses servicing Taroona High School in the afternoon, which includes a mixture of dedicated school buses travelling into the school grounds and four Metro general access services travelling via the Channel Highway. This will increase to five buses in 2022.

Where possible larger buses are used, such as bendy buses. However, it is not possible to use larger buses on all routes as the roads they travel on are not suitable for such long vehicles.

If additional buses were to enter the school grounds, they would need to do this much later - after 3:00 pm when the space is cleared by the existing buses and cars used by parents collecting primary school students.

It is not feasible to divert Metro general access buses into Taroona High School as there is no more room within the school grounds and it would delay other passengers on the bus by up to 10 minutes. Diverting additional buses into the school grounds would also create congestion as they need to make a right-hand turn into and out of the school grounds when they head to Hobart city.

What are the project benefits?

The pedestrian crossing with traffic lights will address safety concerns raised by the community for bus passengers crossing the Channel Highway to access the city-bound bus stop. This will enable more students to use bus services on the Channel Highway, reducing overcrowding concerns on the dedicated school buses which enter the school grounds.

The city-bound bus stop will be upgraded to be Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) compliant, making it easier for people with limited mobility and people with prams to access bus services.

The passenger waiting area will be widened to enable better and safer access for all passengers using the Metro general access bus services.

A new shelter will be constructed to improve passenger comfort.

How will the work affect you?

Bus services to Bus Stop 27 will be affected during our work.

The bus stop will be closed between from 9:00 am and 2:30 pm from Monday, December 6 - Friday, December 17 2021. The bus stop will be accessible before and after this time.

The bus stop will be fully closed from Tuesday, January 4 - Tuesday, February 8 2022. There will be no temporary bus stop at this location during works.

We will be working Monday to Friday, and should be finished in May 2022, weather permitting.

There will a reduced speed limit and some lane closures during our working hours, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Any works that affect traffic flow will be done outside of peak school drop off and pick up times.

Please allow up to five minutes extra travel time, keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

When will the traffic lights be in operation and will they affect through and school traffic?

Although the traffic lights will be in operation 24 hours a day, they will only turn red when a pedestrian presses the button. The pedestrian crosswalk audio volume will be reduced overnight.

There will be minimal delays to through traffic on the Channel Highway. Some delays will be experienced during the morning and afternoon school peak when more pedestrians cross the highway. Generally, we estimate up to a 30 second delay for vehicles travelling during the school peak hour, though this estimate may change depending on the number of pedestrians pressing the button.

Will this affect the cycling lane?

The existing cycle lane will be maintained for both southbound and northbound cyclists.

Contact

For further information about the project please contact the project team by email, participate@ghd.com.