Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Blacktown onboard with new shelters


Blacktown City Council is installing 10 new bus shelters to provide shade and protection from the sun and harsh weather for commuters.

The shelters include seating, cover from the elements and tactiles for people with visual impairments.

Council funded the installation of five shelters this financial year.

The shelter locations are:
– Richmond Road, Quakers Hill (opposite Alford Street)
– Richmond Road, Dean Park (to the rear of Kenneth Crescent)
– Riverbank Drive, The Ponds
– Lucretia Road, Seven Hills
– Pully Drive, Ropes Crossing (works in progress)

Council also received funding through the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

This will provide shelters at:
– Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens
– James Cook Drive, Kings Langley
– Huntingwood Drive, Huntingwood
– Wilson Road, Acacia Gardens
– Carlisle Avenue, Mount Druitt

The shelters funded though the LRCI Program will be installed in the next six months, said Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM.

“People in our community deserve protection from the sun and the rain while waiting for a bus,” he said.

“The shelters also provide respite for people who may have difficulty standing for lengthy periods.”

Council is the sole provider of bus shelters in the local government area and regularly adds, maintains and replaces this infrastructure. The shelter locations were guided by community consultation.

Council recently made submissions to the 2023 NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Current and future public transport needs in Western Sydney. It is seeking a discussion on funding needed to keep up with community demand for bus shelters.

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