Update Wednesday 12pm: Horsham Rural City Council and Wimmera Roadways have confirmed they suggested an alternative site to the one proposed for a new bus stop on River Road.
The council's Infrastructure Director John Martin said: "Council suggested an alternative site about 70 m further south, which would be closer to the Church and in front of a tree reserve. Council offered to extend the footpath to that location to facilitate it's suitability as a bus stop."
The bus stop is one of 40 being built across Horsham to accommodate the new timetable and routes.
Friday: Horsham south residents will need to use a temporary bus stop to catch a coach from River Road from next Tuesday.
On Friday, the Department of Transport confirmed its contractor had been speaking with the owner of a vehicle parked over a new bus stop's proposed location.
"In the meantime a temporary bus stop will be in place when the new Horsham bus route comes into place," it said.
The department said it was installing around 40 new stops around Horsham.
It said it selected the stop in conjunction with Horsham Rural City Council and the bus operator. The department said the location was chosen because it was "as close as safely possible to the intersection of River Road, McLean Drive, Harders Street, so the bus stop is a reasonable walking distance for as many residents in the area as possible".
"The location meets all road safety and accessibility requirements," it said. "While bus stops are constructed on public land, as a courtesy we ensure nearby residents and businesses are informed of their location via a letter before they are constructed."
The department did not say how long it had been in contact with the vehicle owner for.
The department also explained some of the changes it made to bus routes through Horsham.
"The route will no longer go along Hennessy Rd as it makes the route more efficient for travellers. It is a short distance for passengers to access services in Albert St," it said.
"The route will no longer go along Alexander Ave as community feedback indicated strong support for bus stops out the front of the childrens centre on Kalkee Rd. Alexander Avenue runs parallel to Kalkee Rd, meaning passengers can still access services within walking distance."
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