The recommissioning of the bus interchange at the Toombul Shopping Centre has been marred with delays and electrical issues on top of the temporary closure of the shopping area.
The Toombul Shopping Centre bus interchange is one of the largest in Brisbane’s northside. Currently, the buses that service the site have been queueing along the busy Sandgate Rd without any shelter or proper seating for commuters, especially during peak hours.
In April 2021, signages were set up to help commuters identify the routes and stops. A few temporary seatings were also in place at the Sandgate Rd centre, where buses 300, 301, 307, 308, 321, 326, 327, 369 and 590 have been bringing commuters to their destinations, especially students from the Australian Catholic University.
However, with existing electrical problems caused by the flooding, the interchange is still unable to provide safe access for the commuters.
Mirvac, the developer, has not given any clear date on when the interchange’s operation will resume to normal. A spokesperson for the shopping centre believes that the interchange, as well as the carpark, have to be closed indefinitely because contractors are still doing critical decontamination works.
While this has inconvenienced Brisbane’s northside community, the safety of the commuters is the priority.
After the February flooding, Mirvac confirmed that Toombul Shopping Centre will be closed for six to eight months of refurbishment. However, may traders believe it will likely be a year before the shopping centre fully reopens without any more issues.