Bus Shelters

Choosing the style of shelter

Schoolbus Safety dictates that children have a safe location available to wait for their bus. Seeing into and out of a bus shelter easily is vital to the feeling of personal safety for bus passengers. The direction of the prevailing winds should be considered, as should the amount of glass needed. Our view is that if having glass is not essential, specify solid wood. A small cantilever shelter will seat four people and shelter another four standing under the overhang. Consideration should be taken not to block the sightline of road junctions or private driveways and enough space should be left on the pavement for a double buggy to pass unobstructed. Apart from these factors, it is a matter of personal choice.

Finding a location

Where an existing bus shelter is being replaced this is usually the best place for a new one.

If a bus shelter is being proposed at a location where one has not been before consultation should take place with adjacent residents. If reasonable objections are raised these need to be taken into account

Positioning the shelter

No part of the shelter should be closer to the road than 2 feet, this reduces the risk of high-sided vehicles or extended wing mirrors clipping the shelter

A minimum of 48 inches should be left as clear access on the pavement for wheelchairs

Good visibility at the arrivals end is highly desirable; the bus driver needs to be able to see into the shelter on the approach to the shelter without having to slow down. Bus passengers will also need a sightline to see the oncoming bus.

Local building codes must be considered for the suitability of any proposed bus shelter site.

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