New ‘mini’ bus shelter

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A new bus shelter has been installed at a well-used but exposed location in Banchory.

Councillor Karen Clark (Banchory and Mid Deeside) lobbied Aberdeenshire Council for the shelter - on the A93 near Pantoch Drive - on behalf of local residents.

“Residents of Pantoch Drive have been asking for some time to have a bus shelter provided at this site on the busy A93 road heading eastwards out of Banchory towards Aberdeen,” said Councillor Clark. “It is a well-used bus stop and the location is quite exposed in bad weather with no cover at all.

“Many of the residents who use it are elderly and deserve proper shelter as they wait for the bus. I am delighted that our public transport unit agreed to provide funding for the new shelter as part of this year’s bus infrastructure budget and the shelter will make a real difference.”

Pantoch resident Archie Brown (pictured with Karen Clark) added his support to the installation of the new shelter:

“The provision of a bus shelter at Pantoch Drive has been the subject of discussions over a number of years and the difficulty in being unable to provide one has always been quoted as ‘due to the confined width of the pavement’ in the location area,” he said. “Despite the understanding that this had always been the case, Councillor Karen Clark has continued to pursue the need for such a provision and, as a result, Aberdeenshire Council staff have been able to design what I would describe as a ‘mini’ shelter and this is now in place.

“Mini shelter it may be, but it is very much appreciated, after such a long time, by the local residents and also (during the months from April to October) by the many tourists staying at the nearby Silverbank Caravan Park who regularly make use of the Stagecoach Bus service when they visit Aberdeen.

“Many thanks to Karen Clark for continuing to pursue our request to a successful conclusion and for jointly, with myself, declaring our new ‘mini’ shelter well and truly open.”