A number of you have contacted me about the provision of a bus shelter on Eastway since the Thursday closure of Market Street is now permanent. Below is the current situation.
Dear Councillor Sykes,
Thank you for taking the time to contact Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) regarding the provision of passenger shelters on Eastway, Shaw.
I have contacted our Route Equipment team regarding this matter and have been advised that before we install a shelter, we consult the Local Authority Highways Department who are responsible for providing and maintaining roads and footpaths throughout the borough and Greater Manchester Police, who are primarily concerned with traffic safety.
We also talk to local residents and local councillors before we make our final decision whether to install a shelter at a bus stop.
Our final decision is based on a number of things including:
- Whether the pavement is wide enough
- The number of passengers using the stop within a 12 hour period
- What type of shelter is best for the location
- Whether the shelter would obscure sightlines for other road users
- And whether the shelter would provide a safe and secure waiting location for bus passengers
As you can appreciate, this is a lengthy process; however, I will ensure that you are kept fully informed of the progress of your request for passenger shelters along Eastway. If there is anything at all I can help you with in the interim then please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Heggie, Customer Engagement Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester