Work begins on access improvements for Rosneath peninsula bus stops
Rosneath Peninsula from Helensburgh. Picture by Bill Heaney
By Julie Millar
Work has begun to improve access at bus stops and replace some bus shelters in the Helensburgh and Lomond area.
Work will be carried out by Argyll and Bute Council supported by £100,000 funding from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
The main focus of the work is improving access to bus stops, within the Rosneath Peninsula, from Coulport to Garelochhead. This involves making sure that there is hard-standing and dropped kerbs at both sides of the road to make sure that all the stops are fully compliant.
Some stops will be given new poles and flags. There will be a new bus shelter at Garelochhead and some others on the route will be upgraded. Where stops have been moved, consideration has been given to home owners and the placements have been done as sensitively as possible.
The second part of the project is to improve access to stops within Helensburgh and add four new bus shelters at locations where there is demand.
New shelters will not be the traditional Argyll and Bute Council blue. The new silver, powder coated shelters will take less maintenance and can be upgraded with lighting and solar power, so are future proofed.
The project should be complete in early Spring.
Councillor Robin Currie, pictured right, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “Thanks to our partnership with SPT, we are able to provide an improved service for residents who are less mobile, as well as the wider community, who rely on public transport. Improving accessibility will always be a challenge for more rural areas, but thanks to this additional funding, we have been able to make improvements that will make a big difference to some of the more vulnerable people in our communities.”