Wait over as shel­ter is fi­nally fixed

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE editor@oban­times.co.uk

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

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