Bus station on the move

Published: 17 Oct 2022

One of the busiest stops on the Mackay public transport network is on the move with customers set to benefit from the new location and improved bus station infrastructure.

The relocation of the bus station at Caneland Shopping Centre is a joint project funded by the Palaszczuk Labor Government, through Translink, and designed and project managed by Mackay Regional Council.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the $5.4 million bus station would be repositioned onto Mangrove Road, in front of Caneland Shopping Centre.

“People tell me they want better connectivity and accessibility on our public transport network, and now we’re delivering just that,” Ms Gilbert said.

“Moving the bus station to the front of the shopping centre will improve accessibility for bus customers, and network operations on the wider bus network.

“Plus, a big part of the upgrade includes additional capacity which will allow us to grow the bus network in the future – that’s room for more buses to stop at Caneland Shopping Centre as the population grows.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering better services right across the state, including here in Mackay.

“I look forward to seeing construction get underway shortly to the benefit of locals and bus users alike.”

Mayor Greg Williamson said council’s design team had done a tremendous job tailoring this key interchange to meet the needs of our growing population.

"The new interchange will replace the existing one at the back of Caneland Central and will increase accessibility while catering for an increasing number of commuters,” Mayor Williamson said.

“The old exchange could cater for two buses at a time, while this new facility will allow for five.

"The works will be carried out by RoadTek and delivered in two stages, with stage one including the removal of the pedestrian crossing on Mangrove Road and the installation of a signalled crossing near the Mangrove Road and Peel Street intersection.

“The Peel Street exit to Mangrove Road will also be closed to accommodate the new pedestrian crossing.

“These works will be carried out at night and are expected to commence in mid-October and be completed by December 2022.

“Stage 2 works will then include the construction of the bus interchange and will go to tender this year.”

Reforms to Mackay's urban bus network in September included the introduction of a new fare and zone structure that is consistent with other Queensland regional centres on the Translink network.

A base fare of $2.40 (adult) and $1.20 (concession) was introduced with zonal increases set at $0.60 (adult) and $0.30 (concession) for each additional zone travelled. As a result, fares slightly decreased or remained unchanged for the majority of adult and concession trips.

For further information about the Mackay bus network or the recent fare and zone changes, visit the Translink website or phone Translink's 24/7 contact centre (13 12 30).