No more rain woe for bus users as new shelter goes up
AFTER much campaigning, residents will no longer have to worry about getting wet while waiting for the bus this winter.
The popular number five bus stop in Market Parade, Gloucester now has another shelter next to the existing one.
Many people felt one bus shelter was not accommodating the long queues of people who wait for the bus, which goes to Abbeydale, Abbeymead, Coney Hill and Upton St Leonards.
Andrew Gravells, Conservative county councillor for Abbeydale and Abbeymead, has been working hard to get the problem solved.
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He said: "The new larger bus shelter has arrived just in the nick of time for the autumn rains.
"I am really pleased that the county council has been able to help out here, as the old shelter was just not big enough to cope with all of the passengers who were waiting to get back home to Coney Hill, Abbeymead, Abbeydale or Upton St Leonards.
"Hopefully, now the majority of people waiting in the queue for the number five bus back home will be able to remain dry when it's raining."
The bus shelter was installed on Sunday last week, in time for impending winter.
Resident Nick Silvey, of Abbeydale, said: "This is a great idea for older people who use the bus often that come into town for shopping.
"It will save them from getting soaked.
"It a will lso be useful for those who are disabled as there is a lot of care homes they may come to in Gloucester."
Mr Gravells has been working hard to get the bus service running through the Abbey ward perfect.
He recently requested to have single deckers brought in to reduce the noise in the area.
Abbeymead resident Mel Venn, who does not drive, often relies on the bus.
She said "It's such a busy bus stop and when you have got lots of shopping, it is nice to be able to sit down under shelter, particularly when the weather is bad. They really needed more cover."