Shelters from the storm for bus commuters

Bus commuters in Newbridge, who have to shiver beside open air stops come rain, hail or snow are soaking wet by the time they get to Dublin, writes Laura Coates.

Bus commuters in Newbridge, who have to shiver beside open air stops come rain, hail or snow are soaking wet by the time they get to Dublin, writes Laura Coates.

That’s according to Cllr Damien Molyneaux who asked Kildare County Council recently to work with the relevant authorities to provide a bus shelter at The Crescent in Moorefield, Newbridge. The current bus stop in that location is used by at least two private companies as well as Bus Eireann. There is currently no shelter for commuters, and only one dilapidated seat to sit on.

Cllr Molyneaux was told, however, that there is no public cash available to fund bus shelters, but bus companies are entitled to apply for planning permission to build them themselves. It was also noted that advertising companies also erect bus shelters.

Cllr Suzanne Doyle suggested that imposing a small levy on private bus companies to fund bus shelters might be the way forward. “We want to encourage people to use buses, and these companies are clearly making money,” she said.

It was agreed to add the issue to the council’s ongoing correspondence with the Department of the Environment regarding bus stops.