Down Councillor, Cadogan Enright, has said that the seat will be very helpful addition to the shelter. “I have been approached by a number of elderly people who have had to stand at the bus stop, which is on a steep hill, holding their shopping and wait on a bus. As you can imagine, this is very tiring and it is a burden on older people.”
Cllr Enright, through local co-ordinator Pat Ward, contacted Translink, who stated that bus shelters were the responsibility of a private company, Clearchannel, and so they forwarded the complaint in relation to the seat.
Cllr Cadogan Enright said “Initially they told us that it was not possible because of the slope on Windmill street. So our Downpatrick office pressed the issue and showed where bus-stops in similar locations had seats, eventually they conceded the point.”
“I have since received a letter confirming that a seat will be installed at the end of January. Cadogan concluded”
“This is a very busy bus stop, servicing the main bus routes, as well as a number of schools in the town. The addition of a seat is long overdue and will be a welcome rest for those using the service”, said Pat Ward.
Welcoming the news was local man Bobby Caughey. “I use the bus every day for journeys into Ballynahinch and it can be difficult having to stand at the bus stop for a long period of time waiting on the next bus. It will be great to have a seat to rest on.”
Cllr Enright added, “We understand that there have been promises of a seat at this shelter before which came to nothing, but we now have written confirmation that a seat will be installed and we will ensure that the company follows through with their word.”
Press Cuttings: Bus Stop Seating