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10c for bus stop land

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2013

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Land long sought for a bus shelter has been finally signed off and will cost just 10 cents a year.

The Glenfield Rd spot will be leased to Kaipatiki Local Board for 60 years from fast food giant McDonald's.

A total of $50,000 from Kaipatiki's Auckland Transport discretionary fund was allocated to the shelter.

Initially thought to cost $30,000, an extra $20,000 was needed for three sections of safety railing.

An elderly woman reportedly fell off the pavement, which doubles as a retaining wall along the McDonald's drive-through.

Railing is needed to stop similar accidents happening, a council officer told the board.

But another Kaipatiki project may be delayed so the bus shelter can be finished, chairwoman Kay McIntyre says.

Veteran politician Vivienne Keohane, who retired after 18 years, campaigned for the shelter well before Kaipatiki Local Board came into existence.

She threatened to drop plans to retire if the shelter did not come to fruition.

Mrs Keohane was concerned for commuters who had nowhere to sit or be sheltered from the weather.

"These people have been waiting a darn long time."

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