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Friday, 26 December 2014

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New shelters will make life more comfortable for bus passengers

Hundreds of bus passengers will be able to keep dry when two shelters are put up on a busy high street in June.

Bus shelter photo
The new shelters will be similar in design to those on English Street, Carlisle

The long-awaited shelters in Cockermouth Main Street will end years of misery for many townsfolk who have had to huddle in shop doorways during bad weather.

For many years campaigners have been pressing for action and last year they welcomed the news that the two shelters – which cost nearly £5,000 each – are to be paid for by two county councillors.

It has now been revealed that the shelters will be in place by June.

Councillors Eric Nicholson and Alan Kennon have provided the cash from their county council members’ allowance.

Mr Nicholson said that he has been asked to provide the shelters at every public meeting he attends. He added that bus travel is increasing and it is not acceptable for people to stand in the rain while waiting.

They will both be installed during the Main Street improvement works which are taking place at the moment. They were due to be part of the improvements, but plans were shelved because there was not enough money, which is when the councillors stepped in.

When the news was announced, Dianne Standen, chairman of the West Cumbria Bus Users group, said: “It is brilliant news. It was one of the promises Mr 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.”

The shelters will be situated on either side of Main Street, outside the Fletcher Christian public house and the Bet DSL Bookmakers and will be the same design as the shelters in English Street in Carlisle.

They will also have Cockermouth town crest on them.

Cockermouth town council has agreed to adopt and maintain the shelters as long as an anti-graffiti film is applied and the shelters can be removed if future costs become unsustainable.

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