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Still No Bus Shelters For Travellers

Bus travellers in Andover are still having to put up with no shelters as they wait - 10 weeks after the Bus Station was closed for its £3.5m redevelopment. [Read more...]

Bus travellers in Andover are still having to put up with no shelters as they wait – 10 weeks after the Bus Station was closed for its £3.5m redevelopment.

Week commencing 13th May, two unused bus shelters in Andover were to be relocated to provide temporary bus stops in West Street. A new shelter was also to be ordered and be installed between the three temporary stops on Western Avenue this month.

Bus Stops - No Shelters

The pavement along Western Avenue is also being coated with droppings from the trees and birds. Presumably the cost of cleaning this – and the shelters when they are installed – will need to be added to the project.

Bus Stops - Ground Area

The redevlopment is planned to last 52 weeks and is funded by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Test Valley Borough Council however with almost a fifth of the timescale gone already, shelters are still in short supply and very little work appears to have happened onsite.

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  • I am totally ashamed of the way we are treating our bus service users I walked the area on Friday morning and will be asking the head of transport in Winchester for a meeting ASAP. I don’t expect anyone to have to que in bird mess

    • I have to the use the “bus stop” in chantry street opposite Anton House, there is no shelter, people walking along a very narrow footpath and my partner who is a wheelchair user has nearly had an accident already. It’s quite disgraceful! What scares me more is when building work commences in September on the Churchill Living site, we will all be standing in close proximity to potentially dangerous scaffolding and cranes etc. some one is going to get injured or killed….but Hampshire County Council don’t care because they all drive in their nice cars….

  • Dear Martin I fully understand your frustration. I have walked the temporary sites, spoken to passengers, and caught a bus up to Floral Way. I find the whole situation totally unacceptable. Last week I spoke to the head of transport at HCC who told me the manager responsible is a Mr Wilson. Mr Wilson called me late this afternoon and gave me an update on the project. I told him that in reality little has happened and we agreed that the contractor was behind schedule for a variety of reasons. I told him that I was disgusted and ashamed that our passengers were standing amongst large areas of pigeon mess and large numbers were left out in the open with no seating and no shelter. I went on to explain my total dissatisfaction that these issues were totally overlooked on 31 March when the bus station was closed. I further explained my dismay at the prospect of our passengers standing in all elements throuout the winter months. He conceded that it was a poor show and resolved to get some shelters in and some seating. I trust that this goes some way to making amends however I reiterate the apology I made earlier and wish that I could offer more to our passengers. I will continue to liaise with HCC until the end of the entire project.