Hobart Bus Mall Upgrade

The City of Hobart is upgrading the Elizabeth Street Bus Mall to create a pedestrian and passenger-friendly area with new contemporary bus shelters, wider footpath, trees and renewed lighting and paving.

Stage 2 works are scheduled to commence on 8 July 2019 and anticipated to be finished by the end of 2019. During this stage the City will demolish the old bus shelters, install new electrical infrastructure and lay out concrete foundation and paving for new bus shelters. The bus shelters, designed by the City in collaboration with the community, are currently being fabricated to be put in place at the end of construction.

Artist's impression of the new bus mall. 

How will this affect the bus stops?

Bus stops will be affected throughout July, August and September. The City of Hobart and Metro are working closely to ensure the works are conducted with a minimum impact on commuter services and that pedestrians and bus passengers are safe.

During peak times on weekdays – before 9.30 am and after 2.30 pm – all stops will operate as normal. Between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm a temporary boarding area will apply to one stop at a time starting from Stop J and progressing to Stop E throughout the construction period.

On weekends a temporary boarding area will apply from 8 am until 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am until 6 pm on Sunday. 

A Metro Information Officer will be on site to assist bus passengers. 

For bus updates, please visit the Metro website

Anticipated changes to bus stops on weekdays between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm

Please note these dates are weather dependent. Updates will be provided throughout the project.

8 – 30 JULY: STOP J

  • 8 – 23 July: work at front of stop, services leave from back
  • 24 – 30 July: work at back of stop, services leave from front
  • Stop F and E operate as normal.

 

30 JULY – 17 AUGUST: STOP F

  • Work at Stop F, services leave from Stop J
  • Stop E and all other services from Stop J operate as normal.

 

19 AUGUST – 3 SEPTEMBER: STOP E

  • Work at Stop E, services leave from Stop F
  • Services from Stop F will leave from Stop J (back)
  • Stop J will operate as normal.


The City will continue the works after 3 September 2019 to prepare for the installation of the new bus shelters, however there will be minimal impact on bus operations during this period – more information will be provided at that time.

 

Project background

Stage 1 of the project was completed in August 2018. The works involved straightening the existing sawtooth kerbline on the post office side of the bus mall (between Collins and Macquarie streets) and placing asphalt behind the kerb. 

The bus mall was modified to accommodate articulated or ‘bendy’ buses (up to 19 m long) and provide more footpath space from which passengers can easily board buses while pedestrians can move along the street.

Further upgrade

The City will undertake further improvements to the other side of the street commencing after the construction of the Palace (Hyatt Centric) Hotel in Elizabeth Street is finished in 2020.