New bus stop 'very exposed' without shelter
THE NEW bus bay in George's Street has hit another snag with passengers, as the lack of a shelter is leaving them out in the cold, and more importantly, the rain.
Just weeks after problems arose with disabled access, the problem faced by travellers during inclement weather was raised at the South Louth County Council meeting.
'It's a very good bus bay, and I have to commend the efficiency with which it was done, but it is very exposed, even more so than the last one at the petrol station,' said Cllr. Frank Maher.
'This is in large urban area, and there seems to be funds for some and not for the other, so I think we need a uniform approach to this.'
Drogheda Town Clerk Joan Martin said guidelines were currently being developed on the local authorities involvement in the issue.
'It would be preferable that wherever there is a bus stop there is a bus shelter,' she said, 'but it is a separate issue.
'It is very much dependent on Adshel, and the cost to us for a shelter is around €8,000, so it also depends on available funding.'
Cllr. Oliver Tully suggested even some sort of canopy near the toilet block, under which people could stand in from the rain.
Cllr. Anthony Donohoe also expressed concerns about the bus stop at Monasterboice which, he said, 'keeps being moved'.
'There is no certainty with this stop, and is is both dangerous to stand at, and stop at,' he said. 'It is not just a health issue as there is no shelter, but also a safety issue, and it needs a proper lay-by.'
Ms. Martin again reiterated that they are not the authority for bus stops, lay-bys or shelters, however a letter will be written to the NTA where the issue will be raised.