Passengers win battle to keep dry at bus stop

Pat Carrington with Barbara Mosley and her two granddaughters Paige and Ella.
Pat Carrington with Barbara Mosley and her two granddaughters Paige and Ella.
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Bus passengers can now keep out of the rain after a campaign by residents prompted the installation of a new shelter.

Around 80 people signed a petition demanding Blackpool Council put facilities in at the stop on the junction of Lytham Road and Albany Avenue, South Shore.

The stop was the only one on Lytham Road which was not served by a shelter.

Council chiefs have now listened to their pleas and installed the amenity so passengers can stay undercover.

Funding of £2,500 has come from the ward budget of Squires Gate councillors Alistair Humphreys and Christian Cox with Blackpool Council making up the rest.

Pat Carrington, of Kingston Avenue, who collected the signatures from people living in Albany Avenue, Kingston Avenue, Priory Gate, Allandale and Lytham Road, said she delighted the campaign had succeeded. She said: “This is great news about the bus shelter and will be welcome by everyone who signed the petition.

“As I emphasised, the stop is used by many groups of people including the elderly, the disabled and also young mums and for too long they have had to sit, often in the cold and rain, on a wooden park bench – it will be a relief to many local bus users.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden also backed the campaign.

He said: “I know this has been an issue of great frustration for people in the area with Pat and other residents contacting me.

“Public transport, particularly buses are an essential lifeline for a lot of residents living in Blackpool, so we need to make them as accessible as possible.”

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for municipal assets, said: “The case for a bus shelter on this section of Lytham Road was a valid one and I was happy to work with the residents and the ward councillors to install one.”