Where have all the shel­ters gone?

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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