Art and colour transform city centre bus interchange
TRAFFIC barriers have come down, the art work has been finished and Coffs Harbour's new bus interchange in Park Ave is complete.
The work on the interchange was completed by Coffs Harbour City Council with the help of a $468,000 grant from Traffic NSW.
The streetscape and furniture designs were based on City Centre Masterplan guidelines.
The new transport hub includes curved outdoor seating, undercover tables and chairs, landscaping with plants and trees, a bright red pierced-metal screen to separate pedestrians from cars and colourful artwork on the supporting pillars.
Accessible car spaces have also been altered to make them safer for users.
A spokeswoman for Coffs Harbour council said local artist Ash Johnston was commissioned to provide the artwork within the space to improve its overall appearance and reduce the potential for vandalism.
She said while a small number of spaces in the car park were lost due to the work, facilities in the car park in Castle St had been upgraded to encourage drivers to use that car park instead, while the council was also looking at the city's long-term parking requirements.
While the City Centre Masterplan referred to Vernon St as an option for a public transport interchange, she said subsequent consultation with bus operators and others showed they preferred upgrading the Park Ave site.