Thursday 20 June, 2019

New bus stop for Shedden Road to ease safety concerns

Good news! The public bus stop on Shedden Road/Crewe Road is being relocated to a safer and more convenient location.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) recently made upgrades to the Shedden Road/Crewe Road area and the bus shelter is being relocated to Shedden Road as part of this initiative.

The existing bus stop is opposite the airport perimeter fence, across from Mango Tree. But following recent road improvement works, the NRA believes there is no longer sufficient space for the bus stop at this location due to potential safety concerns for bus-users, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. 

Following a period of consultation, the NRA’s proposed relocation site has been approved. The new bus shelter will be built on the western side of the NAPA Auto Parts Store on Shedden Road and will measure six feet by 10 feet. 

The relocated bus stop will provide all road-users with a mixture of benefits. Firstly, the new location will minimise the need for pedestrians to cross the wider, multi-lane roads to access it. Primarily, this consideration has been taken for Foster’s customers, who will no longer need to cross three lanes of traffic on Dorcy Drive to reach the bus stop.

The potential risk of collisions between pedestrians and vehicles will, therefore, be reduced, improving overall road safety and ease of usage for all.  

Secondly, bus access will be improved and safety for bus-users enhanced by the fact that traffic speed at the new location is reduced.             

Thirdly, this site works alongside the established east-bound bus route.             

Lastly, there are no major works needed to prepare this location. Instead, some minor work will be undertaken to optimise the site, such as spreading some crusher run material to ensure the shelter is placed on a level surface.

Two of the larger trees at the location may need to be trimmed and signage erected to promote the new location as an operational bus stop.             

The NRA is grateful to Rotary Central for their assistance in the project. Constructing, installing and maintaining these bus shelters is a crucial undertaking as advertising revenue generated from the bus shelters is reinvested into community projects.

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