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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Council pair offer £9,000 to end years of misery for bus passengers

Bus shelters will be erected on Cockermouth Main Street, ending years of misery for passengers.

County councillors Eric Nicholson and Alan Kennon will pay for two shelters, costing £4,500 each, on either side of the street.

Campaigns for bus shelters have run for years as people huddled in shop doorways during bad weather.

Councillor Nicholson said: “At every public meeting I have attended myself and Coun Kennon have been asked to provide some bus shelters and now we are going to do it.

“Bus travel appears to be on the up and it is not acceptable for people to stand in the rain waiting.”

He said the shelters would be installed during the Main Street improvement works, due to begin next month.

The councillors will pay for the shelters from their county members’ allowances.

They agreed to fund the work after planned shelters due to be included in the Main Street improvements were shelved because there was not enough money.

Dianne Standen, chairman of the West Cumbria Bus Users group, said: “It is brilliant news. It was one of the promises Coun Nicholson made at the county council elections and he has come through with that.

“I have campaigned for the shelters for six years and several hundred people who use the buses each day have called for it as well.”

Cockermouth Civic Trust supported the shelters but said they must complement buildings on Main Street.

In a letter to the councillors, Phil Campbell, trust chairman, said that poor quality and design would have a negative impact after the effort and money that had been put into the town’s shop-front improvement scheme.

Coun Nicholson said that designs had been circulated around the Main Street Steering Group and he would ensure that they were in keeping with the area.

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