13 February 2023

Blackpool Council rolls out bus shelter replacement plan

Blackpool Council is planning to invest almost £1m in new bus shelters as part of a five-year rolling programme.

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After securing an initial £175k of funding from the Local Transport Plan (LTP), the council has procured a contract with Euroshel to replace and repair damaged shelters.

Over the past few months, 14 new shelters have been installed across the bus network with a further eight to be completed over the coming weeks.

That programme is being complemented by the upgrading of advertising opportunities in the bus shelter stock which has enabled the purchase of a further 20 new shelters, which should all be installed by Easter.

Some of these new shelters will include digital advertising screens that will be used to generate additional income to maintain and replace shelters.

As part of the rolling improvement programme, it is anticipated that further allocations of £195k per annum will be secured over the next three years, creating the potential to replace around 15 shelters each year.

Cllr Neal Brookes, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Public Safety, Highways and Transport, said

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“We are committed to improving our network of bus shelters across the borough. “A significant number of those that had fallen into disrepair have already been replaced and by accessing bus infrastructure funding allocations, there is the potential to invest almost £1m over a five-year rolling programme. “There is a very significant investment being made in converting Blackpool’s bus fleet to electric vehicles and it is important that the standard of our network of shelters complements that investment.”