Formby Labour Councillor calls for bus shelter on Liverpool Road

Catie Page


Labour Councillor Catie Page is calling on Merseytravel to provide a shelter for bus users on a busy Formby road.

Cllr Page said she has been contacted by a growing number of bus users who live in Little Altcar who say a bus shelter is urgently needed on Liverpool Road.

The existing bus stop outside LA Fitness, immediately opposite the old Lighthouse pub, is a basic bus stop.

Cllr Page said this was a popular stop for people travelling to Crosby and Liverpool.

Cllr Page said: "That part of Liverpool Road is particularly exposed to the elements, so people waiting at the stop can be hit particularly hard by wind and rain. In the winter they are also subject to hail and snow.

"So what we really need is a bus shelter to ensure that waiting passengers have some form of protection from the elements there.

"Lots of people use the stop and lots have contacted me about this issue. Some have been older passengers who find it particularly difficult to stand at the stop in all weather. Some are school children who are making their way to school in the south of the borough. We can't allow them to get drenched in the rain while they wait for the bus.

"I've asked Merseytravel to look into installing a modern bus shelter which would also include in-built benches for waiting passengers to sit down while waiting."

While Cllr Page is confident that Merseytravel will agree with the need for the new shelter she is also aware that the transport authority has had its funding slashed by two-thirds by the Tory-Lib Dem government.

Cllr Page added: "I know Merseytravel has had its funding dramatically cut, so I know money is hard to come by for new installations like this.

"But I am urging them to look at this case as a matter of urgency. We are fast approaching winter and the weather will only be getting worse. We cannot expect people to stand in the pouring rain or hail waiting for a bus. Many of these people are elderly and should not be subject to such conditions simply to catch a bus."

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