Catching the bus from Kawana Station is now a lot more comfortable with the latest piece of public transport infrastructure opening on the Sunshine Coast today.
TransLink spokesperson Miguel Holland said the new northbound platform at the station on Nicklin Way featured a modern design, similar to other new bus station facilities across the TransLink network.
"Customer comfort is greatly improved at the new northbound platform, which is opposite Kawana Shoppingworld," Mr Holland said.
"This $1.46 million investment for public transport infrastructure is part of the State Government's commitment to create a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone."
The new northbound platform features:
- a modern busway-style shelter and extra passenger seating
- comprehensive network and passenger information
- security features such as CCTV and lighting
Mr Holland said customers on board more than 600 bus services that travel north along Nicklin Way between Caloundra and Maroochydore each week would continue to enjoy a direct route.
"Buses travelling northbound on routes 600 (Caloundra to Maroochydore via Mooloolaba), 602 (Caloundra to Maroochydore via Mountain Creek) and 607 (Caloundra to University via Kawana) will service the new platform.
"However, local routes 614 (Kawana to Maroochydore via Mountain Creek), 618 (Sippy Downs to Kawana via University) and 619 (Kawana to Maroochydore via Alexandra Headland) will continue to service the bus stop adjacent to the shopping centre's food court entrance, off Point Cartwright Drive."
Mr Holland said customers had embraced the upgraded southbound station platform, which opened to customers in mid-2014, with a five per cent rise in passengers catching the bus at Kawana station and the shopping centre in the first year since opening.