Wait over as shelter is finally fixed
AFTER almost five months of waiting, a bus service has resumed as normal.
Travellers haven’t been waiting for the bus for that period though - it’s repairs to the shelter next to North Ledaig Caravan Park which stalled.
An accident in February left the stance, which is on the A828 around two miles north of North Connel, severely damaged, with repairs finally completed last month.
Peter Weir, who has owned the caravan park for 33 years, and whose visitors regularly use the stop, said: ‘It’s been a long time coming.
‘A driver had an unsecured wheel on the bed of a lorry. It came flying off and smashed two front and two roof panels of the shelter. Thankfully there was no- one waiting on a bus at the time.
‘The driver came back about half an hour later, picked up the wheel and took off, but we never got the registration.
‘ With the force it must have come off at, it’s a miracle no- one was hurt, or even killed.
‘So basically, we ended up with half a bus stop for five months.’
The stop is served by four bus services - including routes linking Oban and Dunbeg and Oban and Fort William. Busy stops include the Sea Life Sanctuary and Oban airport.
The 405 and 410 routes include stops at Lochnell primary school.
A spokesman for Argyll and Bute council said: ‘The bus stop panels are made of glass.
‘In order to make the most of our available budget and to provide the most cost- effective service, repair work is contracted on a full- day basis.
‘This means some repairs are delayed until such time as a full day’s work can be contracted. The repair to the bus stop at Ledaig was delayed by four months.’
A LONG WAIT: Peter Weir outside the repaired bus shelter at Ledaig