Bus shelter decision put on hold

The new Causeway Coast and Glens Council could soon be providing bus shelters around the Borough.

The matter was discussed at last Tuesday’s meeting of CC&GC Environmental Services Committee when members were asked to decide if they wanted to continue to provide bus shelters and, if so, what guidelines would be used to prioritise applications.

Coleraine councillor George Duddy said he wanted to know what budget was available for bus shelters and asked: “Are we ever going to get to the stage where we have provided all new shelters that people require?

“Transport NI and Translink should be responsible, not this Council, but I also know that we have a number that we have to maintain.

“Also, given that we are now in control of Planning, it could be a condition that when a housing scheme is built, the developer provides a bus shelter.”

Council officer John Richardson said that the cost of maintenance was already £30,000 for the current stock of 52 shelters but added that the figure would increase significantly if Council was to provide shelters throughout the Borough.

He said that the cost of a new bus shelter can range from £1,500 to £70.000 depending on specifications. It was agreed to defer a decision until members were given greater detail on budget.