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511 RECONSTRUCTION OF CITY STAND BUS STOP ON KOROIT STREET

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511 RECONSTRUCTION OF CITY STAND BUS STOP ON KOROIT STREET

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									Warrnambool City Council                                                                     2 June 2008
Agenda for Ordinary Meeting                                                                    Page 106

5.11    RECONSTRUCTION OF CITY STAND BUS STOP ON KOROIT STREET

PURPOSE

This report informs Council of a Concept Plan for the proposed modification of City Stand
bus stop on Koroit Street, prepared at the request of the Department of Infrastructure on
behalf of the Warrnambool Bus Lines.

1.      BACKGROUND

In January of 2008, the Department of Infrastructure ("DoI") on behalf of Warrnambool Bus Lines
requested Council to consider the modification of the City Stand bus stop on Koroit Street and
come up with a concept plan. This request was made following a number of complaints from the
bus drivers about not being able to park the buses in the correct position i.e. parallel to the kerb
with the floor level of the bus in line with the top of the kerb. Due to the top left front corner of the
bus hitting the roof structure constructed above the footpath, the drivers are not able to pull the bus
into the edge of the kerb and there is a gap between the bus door and the edge of the footpath
which makes it difficult for the disabled people, people with shopping trolleys and baby prams to
access the bus. There is also a threat to the safety of the pedestrians on the footpath in case any
loose material from the veranda falls down. The DoI requested Council explore the possibility of
widening the footpath and aligning the kerb and channel in such a way that there is a smooth
transition of the buses in and out of the stop. A concept plan has been prepared and submitted to
the Department of Infrastructure. The DoI has shown their willingness to partly / fully fund the
project.

2.      ISSUES

The Warrnambool transit bus system provides an essential community service for Warrnambool.
Access to an extensive bus network makes Warrnambool a more liveable City; the services
provide an affordable means of transport, particularly for the young, disadvantaged and older
residents of the City.

The City Stand bus stop on Koroit Street is the main stand in the City and is the starting point for all
bus routes. It is located in one of the busiest locations of the City. The southern side of this stop
is located right next to the exit of the Liebig Street – Koroit Street roundabout. This provides very
little space for the buses to exit the roundabout and have a smooth transition to the bus stop.
Because of this, it is not possible to park the buses parallel to the kerb. The top edge of the buses
hits the veranda constructed on the footpath. This increases the risk of part of the veranda or any
loose material falling down injuring the pedestrians on the footpath. Often when two buses are
parked at the same time the rear end of the bus is overhanging on the bicycle path thereby
threatening the safety of the cyclists.

The northern side stand faces the similar problem of hitting the veranda above the footpath. Also
at the northern stand there is a power pole which is located exactly where the door of the second
bus should be when the two buses are parked at the same time. This makes it difficult for the
passengers to get in and out of the bus. Also there is a danger of the bus hitting the power pole
while pulling the bus into the bus stop. Due to this, the bus drivers have to park the bus slightly
backwards than where it should be. This causes the rear end of the bus to overhang into the
driveway of the Coles car park.

Council Engineers have inspected, surveyed and assessed the condition of the stop. In
consultation with DoI and Warrnambool Bus Lines, Council engineers have prepared a concept
plan which will resolve these issues. This involves the modification to the kerb and channel
profiles and changing the alignment of the kerb and channel by pulling them outwards by about 1m
thereby increasing the width of the footpath. The present kerb shall be replaced with a Kassel kerb
profile. This kerb profile guides the bus to a precisely right position to allow for level access onto
the vehicle once it is parked, and the lowering mechanism is activated. The bus stopping area
shall consist of a concrete slab which will reduce the wear and tear of the pavement.
Warrnambool City Council                                                               2 June 2008
Agenda for Ordinary Meeting                                                               Page 107

5.11   Reconstruction of City Stand Bus Stop on Koroit Street (Cont.)


3.       COMMUNITY IMPACT / INFORMATION

The road width shall be reduced by 1m on either side of the road. This will increase the width of
the footpath by 1m on the northern as well as the southern side. The use of the Kassel kerb profile
shall provide better access for the disabled people and people using shopping trolleys and baby
buggy pushers. Since the kerbs will be pulled out by approximately 1m from the line of the
overhanging verandas there won’t be any danger of the bus hitting the verandas as well as the
power pole. This will improve the security of the pedestrians. We will advise the adjoining
occupiers and shop owners of our intention to modify the bus stop and seek their opinion.

A concept plan of the proposed modification to the City Stand bus stop has been included in
Attachment A.


4.       FINANCIAL IMPACT

The bus stop shelter proposal’s increase the capital works program by $82,000. The Council does
not have any funding for this project and as this is a request from an external party, then the DoI
will need to fund the whole of the project.


5.       ENVIRONMENTAL / RISK IMPACT

The reconstruction of the bus stop will involve some disruption to service; the disruption will be
kept to the minimum necessary to do the works. The bus stops may have to be shifted to a
suitable location nearby for the duration of the work.

The bus stop shall be Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant with tactile ground surface
indicators.


RECOMMENDATIONS

1. That Council notes the actions taken to date.

2. That the Department of Infrastructure be advised that Council would be willing to
   undertake the works if they are fully funded.
Warrnambool City Council                                                    2 June 2008
Agenda for Ordinary Meeting                                                   Page 108

5.11   Reconstruction of City Stand Bus Stop on Koroit Street (Cont.)
                                                                        ATTACHMENT A

								
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