It has been almost five years in the making but Blenheim’s newest bus shelter is officially open. The $300,000 shelter features glass walls, wooden seating and an indoor and outdoor waiting area. The Marlborough Friendship Force has campaigned for the new shelter at the railway station since 2013, when a group of Australian visitors they were hosting spent an hour waiting in the rain for a bus. Marlborough Deputy Mayor Terry Sloan said at the official opening on Tuesday the shelter was a ‘‘testament to the lobbying’’ from the friendship group and would give visitors both arriving and leaving the town a ‘‘good impression’’. 10,000 tonnes and longer than 200 metres. All five Cook Strait ferries, other large commercial boats and the HMNZS Canterbury have to go to navy dry docks in Sydney, or further afield to Singapore, for maintenance and repairs. For more on this story, visit stuff.co.nz.