29 February 2016
Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has installed eight new waiting shelters this winter at bus stops across the Island which takes the total installed in the last year up to 12.
The first of these eight shelters to be completed is located at the southbound Red Houses bus stop, the fourth-busiest bus stop in Jersey. It has been built to larger dimensions than the standard shelters at other key bus stops, and has been jointly funded by DfI and The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
Encouraging public transport
The Minister for DfI, Deputy Eddie Noel said “Red Houses was the busiest bus stop in Jersey that had not yet been equipped with a waiting shelter. We are grateful to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society and Deputy Truscott in his liaison role for helping us to provide this facility. I am sure it will be highly valued by existing and future customers of the bus service.”
Deputy Truscott of St Brelade also wanted to pass on his thanks, and said “On behalf of the many users of the bus stop at Red Houses, I’d like to publically thank Colin MacLeod of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society for generously agreeing to help pay for the cost of this long awaited and much needed bus shelter.”
The Society’s Chief Executive Officer, Colin Macleod, said “Concern for the environment is one of our core values. The installation of this community bus shelter seemed to us like a great way to subtly encourage a few more islanders to consider public transport, especially on those days where the weather isn’t brilliant!”
The other bus stops which have received a shelter in this latest batch are:
- Clos Orange northbound, served by bus routes 12 and 22
- Rose Farm, served by bus routes 12 and 15
- Airport Garages northbound, served by bus routes 15 and 22
- Hameau de la Mer westbound, opposite a new housing development for the over-55s, served by bus route 1
- Millennium Court westbound, served by bus route 1
- The Limes southbound, served by bus route 1
- La Hougue Avenue southbound, by Warwick Farm, served by bus route 5
Earlier in 2015, as part of the work to improve St Mary’s Village, the first and only two bus shelters in the Parish were constructed, one opposite the Church and one outside the primary school. The same project has created safe waiting areas at several locations where pedestrians previously had to stand in the road to wait for the bus.
Deputy Noel continued, “Improving facilities for bus users by providing waiting shelters is an excellent way of enhancing the attractiveness of public transport. With shelters having been installed at four other bus stops earlier in the year, I am very pleased that my Department was able to deliver a record number of shelters in 2015. I am keen to see more installed in 2016, where feasible, and I’m trying to secure the funding needed for 12 more shelters.”