Blackpool Council has revealed its replacement plan, which will see new bus shelters in Blackpool. Pictured above: TK Maxx Bus Stop, Bank Hey Street. One of the old shelters.
New Bus Shelters in Blackpool
The Council is planning to invest almost £1m in the new shelters as part of a five-year rolling programme.
They initially secured £175k of funding from the Local Transport Plan (LTP) to run the scheme. Now, the Council has procured a contract with Euroshel to replace and repair damaged shelters across the town.
Over the past few months, 14 new shelters have already been installed across the bus network. Eight more will be completed in coming weeks.
The first phase is being complemented by upgrading advertising opportunities in the existing bus shelter stock. It means a further 20 new shelters could be bought, which should all be installed by Easter.
Some of these new shelters will include digital advertising screens. Generating additional income will fund the maintenance and repair of shelters.
Rolling Programme of New Bus Shelters in Blackpool
Blackpool Council anticipates being able to secure further allocations of £195k per annum over the next three years. This will enable the replacement of around 15 shelters each year in a rolling programme.
Cllr Neal Brookes is Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Public Safety, Highways and Transport. He said: “We’re committed to improving the network of bus shelters across the borough.
“A significant number of those that had fallen into disrepair have already been replaced. By accessing bus infrastructure funding allocations, there’s the potential to invest almost £1m over a five-year rolling programme.
“A very significant investment is being made in converting Blackpool’s bus fleet to electric vehicles. So it’s important that the standard of our network of shelters complements that investment.”
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