Two new bus shelters have been installed in Witney. Both are replacements for existing shelters, one at the Abbey Road end of Burwell Drive, which was damaged when a car collided with it and the other in Corn Street, which was removed while construction of a small development of houses was underway.
Both were paid for with developer funding from Abbeymill Homes, who built the new houses in Corn Street. The shelters form part of a package negotiated by Witney Town Council’s Planning & Development committee which also includes other new street furniture to be installed nearby.
Cllr. Ruth Smith, Chair of the Planning and Development committee, explained;
“The Planning & Development committee is delighted to see the new bus shelters in place now that the development has been completed. Passengers had been without a shelter and using a temporary bus stop while work was underway.
Ensuring that improvements and desirable outcomes for the town are secured during the planning process is an important part of what the planning committee does. By working closely with developers such as Abbeymill Homes we were able to ask the developer to be sensitive to existing essential infrastructure and to avoid inconveniencing residents as much as possible.
For our own part, we are very aware of the importance of seats and bike racks at bus stops, as well as information screens, and we are working hard as a council to achieve this wherever we can.”
Witney Town Council is a supporter of active travel and helps to fund some of the local bus routes and services provided by West Oxfordshire Community Transport.