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£1 million upgrade to bus shelters across Poole and Bournemouth

Residents across Poole and Bournemouth will soon benefit from over £1 million worth of major investment to bus shelters across the two towns.

The improvements will transform the waiting environment for the growing numbers of passengers in Poole and Bournemouth and will provide:  

Example of new bus shelter design at the Civic Centre
  • The replacement of 72 bus shelters (32 in Poole, 40 in Bournemouth) to the latest stainless steel design, with a wide glass roof creating a light and airy waiting area. Passengers will benefit from full width seating provided as standard, with larger shelters also being installed at the busiest stops. As part of the works raised bus stop kerbs will be installed to enable a flat, level entrance onto the bus for wheelchair users and passengers with buggies.

  • The provision of 88 new full colour Real Time Information displays, giving up to the minute information on how buses are running which is linked to the satellite tracking of the vehicles themselves. 120 of the existing popular LED departure displays will also be refurbished and upgraded to the latest communications system.

These improvement works will commence in November and will be completed by the end of March 2015. During this period disruption will be kept to a minimum, although temporary stops may be in use while the shelters are replaced.

During the works the existing Real Time Information screens may be blanked or will display scheduled information whilst the communications system is upgraded. In addition units will be removed for replacement as required. Passengers will still be able to access the latest bus times for every stop at www.nextbuses.mobi.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "Poole has had a 72% increase in bus patronage since 2004/5 and this is the largest in the country outside of London. Bournemouth was a close second at 62%. It's great for both congestion and the environment that people are choosing the bus. This significant investment in waiting facilities will enable us to meet both current and future levels of passenger demand."     

Richard Barnes, Bournemouth Borough Council’s Project Officer for GetBusSmart, said: “By creating a more pleasant and convenient experience for bus users on our key routes, we hope more people will get on board. From dedicated bus lanes, improved bus stops to refurbished buses, these in turn will help us to alleviate congestion and pollution across the area.”

The majority of new shelters, costing approximately £750,000, are being provided along the busiest Three Towns Travel A35 corridor and are being funded through the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund. In addition the award of approximately £500,000 Better Bus Funding will provide a further 10 new shelters installed at key locations across the conurbation and the replacement and upgrade of the 208 Real Time Information Signs.  

Bus shelter upgrades and improved Real Time Information signs are part of the GetBusSmart campaign taking place to encourage residents to consider using the bus as their preferred choice. This multi million pound investment is seeing major improvements to bus travel across the towns leading to an overall enhanced passenger experience.

For further information on GetBusSmart and to keep up to date on the infrastructure improvements please follow www.facebook.com/getbussmart.

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