Calls made to Fareham council to improve bus shelters

Former deputy mayor of Fareham Chris Wood.

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A COUNCIL is being urged to make the most of public transport by the Fareham Labour Party.

The group has called on Fareham Borough Council to ‘grab the opportunity’ as its existing bus shelter contract will end in June. It will cost the authority £451,000 over 12 years.

Labour’s spokesman Richard Ryan said: ‘This is the time to grab the opportunity. If the council took over the bus shelters, they’d be able to earn funds from advertising and use the income to keep the shelters clean and tidy and enhance the experience.’

He urged the council to consider putting in screens showing real-time information.

Council leader Sean Woodward said there was no statutory duty for the authority to provide bus shelters but the council was committed.

He said: ‘We strongly believe we should do our bit to help boost bus use by protecting users from inclement weather.

‘Sadly there is very little to be made from advertising however we do welcome the huge increase in bus patronage with Eclipse usage now over 2,000,000 journeys annually.’