New Bus shelter will keep people dry

BUS passengers left out in the cold and wet at Yate's recently opened bus station should soon be able to stay warm and dry.

A saga over a canopy that failed to give any protection is coming to a close, with the imminent arrival of a new shelter.

The bus station opened earlier this year as part of the major scheme to upgrade the town's shopping centre and build a new Tesco store.

Tesco said it had discussed various options with South Gloucestershire planners before the station was built and the canopy structure was in line with what was approved by the planning committee.

But it attracted criticism as soon as it was opened because the canopy that was meant to give shelter to passengers did not work. There were also complaints it was unlit and had no seats for elderly or disabled people to use, only a few benches.

Town councillors said it was "useless" and claimed the station was a fiasco, leading to talks between Yate and South Gloucestershire councils, bus operator First, Tesco and the shopping centre owners.

New plans were drawn up and a new shelter has been made, which will be assembled on site underneath the canopy.

Town councillor Ian Blair, who opened the bus station as he was mayor at the time, said: "The new shelter will be quite big and have seats for people while they wait. The problems shouldn't have happened in the first place. The canopy that was put up initially will remain and the new shelter will go under it." 

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