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Passengers welcome temporary bus shelters

JANUARY 26, 2016
Passengers welcome temporary bus shelters

Temporary shelters at 20 GO GEORGE bus stops are currently being erected for the convenience of passengers.  The planning and positioning of the permanent bus shelters are underway and being finalised.

“Of course we would have preferred to present our passengers with all these facilities from the first roll-out of the system,” said James Robb, GO GEORGE Manager,

Robb stated that all routes start out as trials while passenger priorities and route usage are being monitored. Through this process, the organization aims to save on possible costs, as it will be a waste to erect permanent shelters bus stops, just to pay to have it moved again at a later stage in order to coincide with the routes.

“However, finalisation of all the routes is taking a bit longer than initially expected, so we have decided to offer some temporary relief in the meantime,” added Robb.

The first six of these temporary shelters had been erected in December last year, but passengers still complained about mud and water puddles under the shelters in those areas without concrete or paved sidewalks.

“We always consider feedback and adapt where possible, so we have now started filling these surfaces with gravel. Unfortunately, anything more permanent will be just too costly at a temporary structure,” said Robb.

Completion of the temporary shelters will take a few more weeks since a concrete base for each pole has to be casted and left for seven days before mounting the poles and roof.

PHOTO CAPTION: This temporary bus shelter opposite the Civic Centre in York Street is one of 20 shelters currently being erected all over town. The benches at this specific shelter were moved from Doneraile Square and are not part of the temporary structures.