Maghull Labour Action Team investigate calls for a new bus shelt

Maghull Labour Action Team’s Lynn Gatherer and Sudell Ward’s Cllr Patrick McKinley near to the current basic bus stops.

 

Maghull Labour Action Team is investigating a lengthening queue of bus passengers’ calls for a new shelter to be installed on a busy local road.

Maghull Labour Action Team's Lynn Gatherer said the team has been contacted by a growing number of bus users who live in around Boyer Avenue and Old Hall Road who say a bus shelter is urgently needed.

The existing bus stops on Old Hall Road are basic posts. But a growing number of older residents have contacted the Maghull Labour Action Team asking for a proper shelter with seating to be installed.

Maghull Labour Action Team is contacting people in the area to find out if they want a shelter installed and if so where along the road would they want it as the existing basic post bus stops are sited directly outside residential houses.

Lynn said: "We have been contacted on a number of occasions now by different people in and around those roads who want a bus shelter installing at the site.

"However we are aware that the current bus stops are outside people's homes. So we need to make sure that what we ask for has the backing of these people too.

"There is a clear need for some form of shelter for waiting passengers so they have at least basic protection from the elements.

"Lots of older people catch the bus at these sites and we really cannot allow them to get drenched while waiting.

"So we need to find a decent location nearby where a shelter can be installed and where passengers can at least be protected from the wind and rain and can sit down while waiting."

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley said while he is confident that Merseytravel will agree with the need for the new shelter he is also aware that the transport authority has had its funding slashed by two-thirds by the Tory-Lib Dem government.

Cllr McKinley said: "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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