Shelter from rain at last as bus stop gets a revamp

Malvern Gazette: Shelter from rain at last as bus stop gets a revamp Shelter from rain at last as bus stop gets a revamp

RAINDROPS keep falling on their heads – but not for much longer after pensioners celebrated victory in their campaign to have a roof fitted on their local bus stop.

At present, when it rains it really pours for residents at Merrivale Court, Barnards Green, Malvern, whose nearest bus stop is totally exposed to the elements, meaning they often face a soaking just to get to the shops.

They have been lobbying Worcestershire County Council and now a new bus shelter is set to be fitted at the Pound Bank Road stop early in the new year.

Malvern town councillor Martin Lawrence backed the residents in their campaign, which included a petition calling on the county council to act. He is delighted the efforts have paid off.

“Most people who use the bus stop are over 80 with some being in their 90s,” he said. “If it’s raining or the wind is blowing, a lot then they are stuck.

“It is great to see Worcestershire County Council and Malvern Town Council jointly supporting the needs of our elderly residents.”

He said installing a short section of raised kerb at the stop will also make it easier for people to get on and off the bus. A county council spokes-man confirmed the good news, telling your Malvern Gazette: “We can confirm that the bus shelter and footpath works for Pound Bank Road are ordered and, subject to legal issues being concluded, we hope the inst- allation of the new shelter will take place in early 2014.”

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