Wednesday, 15 August 2007

New Bus Shelters in the North East of Coventry

Bus users in the North East of Coventry are to get new state-of-the-art stopping facilities as part of a series of bus route improvements.

Councillors on Conservative controlled regional transport body Centro-WMPTA have approved £35,000 of funding to install seven new bus shelters and six new stop poles in the Woodway Park and Potters Green area of the city.

It means that even if this summer’s wet weather is a sign of things to come, bus passengers don’t need to have dampened spirits as they will be able to wait for the bus in comfort, protected from the weather, when the new shelters are put in.

The upgraded facilities are part of the Potters Green - Woodway Lane Showcase Spur, which will also include highways improvements by Coventry City Council.

These will provide easy access kerbs to make boarding the bus easier, and junction improvements including road widening and new traffic signals at the crossroads of Woodway Lane and Ansty Road.

The Showcase Spur will also link up the two key PrimeLines routes on Henley Road and Ansty Road – all part of a much wider project to provide improvements to bus facilities throughout Coventry.

The new shelters will be able to house Real Time Information displays telling passengers exactly how many minutes until their next bus will arrive. These will be installed when all the Coventry PrimeLines shelters are in place.

Cllr Andrew Williams, Lead Member for Coventry on Centro-WMPTA and a Conservative Councillor in Coventry said, “As a bus user myself I know that the quality of bus shelters and stops is very important to passengers and in Centro-WMPTA’s campaign to make public transport more attractive in a bid to help cut congestion.

The upgrades to the Potters Green – Woodway Lane Showcase Spur will provide a more comfortable wait with better information and access to bus services for local residents and visitors to the area.”

Centro-WMPTA predicts that the shelters will start being installed in December, with a completion date of spring next year