Car-damaged bus shelter to be fixed

MP Mark Menzies at the bus shelter
MP Mark Menzies at the bus shelter
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A damaged bus shelter will finally be fixed after the intervention of Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

The stop, opposite Clifton Gardens War Memorial Homes on Church Road, St Annes, was damaged in a road traffic accident some time ago and has since been targeted by vandals.

This bus stop has been in a disgraceful condition; it has had no seating and has subsequently been vandalised

A row between the highways authority, Lancashire County Council, and Fylde Council over who has responsibility for the shelter has meant it has been left without seating for some time and Mr Menzies has repeatedly requested it be repaired.

He has now passed the matter on to the Local Government Ombudsman and Lancashire County Council has finally agreed to install a new shelter.

He said: “This bus stop has been in a disgraceful condition; it has had no seating and has subsequently been vandalised.

“I have written to the highways authority about this matter on a number of occasions as it is dangerous for those passengers with mobility issues who currently wait in the shelter across the road before quickly trying to cross the busy street when they see a bus coming in the distance.

“However, Lancashire County Council is currently in dispute with Fylde Borough Council over which authority has responsibility for the maintenance of certain bus shelters.

“I am delighted that the damaged shelter is now being replaced and hopefully the ombudsman will come to a decision which will mean bus users do not suffer the same issues in the future.”