NEW bus shelters are being installed around the town on some of its busiest bus routes.

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The shelters are being installed at a cost of £70,000 by the borough. Some of the money has been given by developers as part of their planning conditions and the rest has come from general funds.

Among the routes to get the new shelters are part of Felixstowe Road and Norwich Road.

A spokesman for the borough said the shelters were ready to have real-time information screens fitted, but it was up to the county council whether this should be extended outside the town centre.

The shelters do have seats for passengers to rest while waiting for their bus.

They are direct replacements for existing bus stops. No stops are being removed from the town’s network.

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  • Re: Bus Shelters: It’s very good for those people who are fortunate enough to live in those areas, and a welcome addition to the route I’m sure. Unfortunately I live on the Chantry 14 – 14A route. Where I live at the bottom of Lupin Road, Waller’s Grove junction we have no shelter, in fact there are only two shelters on the whole route and those two are only there because the route crosses part of the 12 and 13 routes. As we only get one bus an hour which is very rarely on time and sometimes though very rarely it doesn’t turn up at all, we can be waiting for the bus which on a good day will be two or three minutes late and on a bad day anything up to 25 minutes late. The bus stop I use is by the park and thus open to the full force of any wind driven snow or rain which is channelled down Waller’s Grove (the prevailing wind direction), or comes unimpeded across the open parkland! As most of the people who get on at the bus stop I use are pensioners (including myself), this can be very uncomfortable and possible even dangerous to their health. I have asked before about providing a shelter there but the only answer I got was that as the route (14) was subsidised by Suffolk County Council and a low priority it would not be happening any time soon; I suppose when other areas are given higher priorities we get push to the bottom of the pile again. If we need to be somewhere important at the right time, i.e. hospital appointments etc as non drivers we have to walk up the hill at Champion Road to catch a 12 or 13 bus or cut through the drift (again uphill) to catch a 7 bus or fork out for a taxi. Neither myself or my wife can walk very far due to health problems and indeed many of the people who catch the 14 bus are in the same position so it would be nice if a shelter could be erected at our bus stop!

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    Rainbird

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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