Where have all the shelters gone?
In the wake of the installation of a cycle lane on Mt Albert Rd, some residents are wondering where the bus shelters went.
Mt Albert resident Gillian Dance says some bus stops have been shifted to new locations and do not have a shelter or seat for people waiting for a bus.
She is concerned that elderly or disabled people and mothers with young children are not protected from the rain and have to stand for long periods of time.
She presented her concerns to the Eden Albert Community Board last month and members have asked for a report.
“It’s a health issue for the elderly. They could get a chill or pneumonia,” she says.
“People should not have to stand, council should be providing a better service.”
Auckland City Council senior transport manager Daniel Newcombe says the council is responsible for installing new bus shelters across the city and has an annual budget to provide 15 to 20 shelters.
He says the council responds to requests from bus passengers and consults with residents to see if shelters can be put in.
This is not always possible in all locations, he says.