PLANS to end the Mitchell Street bus chaos have taken the next step.
The City of Greater Bendigo council has approved a plan to build two large, modern shelters nearby the existing stops.
Two large signs using the latest technology will be built at the shelters, telling people when the next bus is about to arrive, giving them time to move to the stop.
The technology will also allow people to receive updates on their mobile phones about the progression of the buses.
The aim of the plan is to remove the congregation of travellers in the same spot, outside shops.
The plan is a compromise proposal after the previous State Government re-routed all CBD buses down Mitchell Street, angering traders and bus travellers.
The government is not budging on the route, but local traders are angry of the overcrowding on the Mitchell Street footpaths.
A plan to widen the footpaths and have buses stop in the left-hand-lane of busy Mitchell Street was abandoned after ridicule from the general community.
The compromise plan includes building a large bus shelter, suitable for 100 people, at the end of the Hargreaves Mall, and getting rid of the obelisk at the Mitchell Street end.
Council Presentation and Assets director Darren Fuzzzard said there was "very strong" support for the compromise plan, especially the use of technology.
"The introduction of a covered facility in the mall and opposite in Hargreaves St was (also) strongly supported," he said.
"Avoiding a change to the operation of Mitchell St, Hargreaves St and Bath Lane for motor vehicles was strongly supported.
"Several traders in Hargreaves St saw the proposal as a good site for Hargreaves St as it permits a u-turn for cars that doesn't currently exist."
The new plan includes removing the existing Hargreaves St bus stops, which the government, through Public Transport Victoria, has agreed with.
"PTV has agreed to this happening on the basis these buses are relocated to Mitchell Street in front of First National Real Estate," Mr Fuzzard said.
"This bus stop would also accommodate PTV's predicted future growth in services."