A NEW bus shelter scheme is getting on the road in South Tyneside following a successful transport bid for funding.
A total of 15 new shelters will be installed across the borough in the coming weeks, with the support of the Department of Transport’s better bus area fund.
The bid was made by Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, of which South Tyneside Council is a member.
Fellgate and Hedworth ward councillor Alan Smith has welcomed the scheme as it will benefit public transport users in Durham Drive on Jarrow’s Fellgate Estate.
He said: “Local residents contacted me to get a bus shelter because a lot of elderly people use that particular bus stop.”
All the new bus shelters will contain timetables, including passenger information, and also seating, where possible.
Coun Jim Foreman, the council’s lead member for housing and transport, said: “We are really pleased to introduce the new bus shelter scheme across South Tyneside.
“The various locations have been chosen by using comments and recommendations from local residents and councillors, who’ve contacted Nexus and the council with their thoughts.
“We hope the shelters will become welcome additions to bus routes in the borough.
“The new shelters are all part of the council’s commitment to improving public transport in the borough, particularly the bus services, which are vital to reduce the amount of congestion on our roads.”
The South Tyneside locations set to get new shelters, besides Durham Drive, are Gloucester Way, St Joseph’s Way and the Durham Drive footbridge, all in Jarrow; Sunderland Road, Lake Avenue, McAnany Avenue, Temple Park Road, Harton Moor, Gainsborough Avenue, Boldon Lane and Mowbray Road, all in South Shields; and Mill Lane and Front Street, both in Whitburn.
The new bus shelters will be installed and managed by public transport provider Nexus.