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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Calls for Ulverston bus stop shelters revamp

DILAPIDATED old bus shelters are outdated and need replacing, say Ulverston residents.

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RUN DOWN: Ulverston residents (l-r) Pat Appleton, Marie Johnson and Lynn Dodd with the dilapidated bus stop at the corner of Cherry Tree Avenue LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50043175B000

The tired-looking concrete structures, described as “not fit for purpose”, are a source of constant frustration for people in Croftlands.

Pressure is now mounting for the council the step in and provide three new bus shelters to replace them.

Lynn Dodd, of Cherry Tree Avenue, is a regular user of the bus stop at the end of her road and said it needs updating.

She added: “It is what you would have in the war time. You have to stand and there are no sides to protect you from the weather.

“The roof is leaking and if it is raining you get soaked whichever side you stand on.”

Because the shelter is made from concrete, people waiting for a bus cannot see when it is arriving.

The 64-year-old has lived on the estate almost her entire life and is keen to see modern facilities installed for people waiting for a bus.

She said: “We want something that looks nice, something you can see through that has seats.”

Nearby Rowan Avenue resident Pat Appleton brought the issue to the attention of local councillors, saying many people use them.

Ulverston Town Council has lent its support and pledged to help make sure something is done.

Councillor Phil Cooper said: “They are antiquated concrete bus shelters that don’t afford much shelter for people waiting for a bus.

“One man said he was concerned it might fall on top of him.”

He told councillors on Monday night that replacement bus shelters would add to the quality of life of a number of Croftlands residents.

Each new bus shelter is anticipated to cost around £3,500.

The town council has specifically committed to helping secure the replacement of the bus shelter on the corner of Cherry Tree Avenue and Rowan Avenue.

Residents have also highlighted the need to replace shelters in Oakwood Drive and by the shops in Central Drive.

There is county council funding available, specifically allocated to improve bus shelters in Ulverston, left over from a previous scheme.

County councillor for Ulverston West James Airey said a number of suggestions had been made but the Croftlands bus shelter seemed to be a “no-brainer”.

He said he hoped to see the money put to good use as soon as possible.

Have your say

You might be asking for your concrete shelters back, when your local oiks start kicking in the glass/perspex of the new ones :(

Posted by Snowy on 13 January 2013 at 21:38

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