Shelter while you wait

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 13:41 13/02/2014
Jean Wilson

Generous donation: Blenheim resident Jean Wilson tries out the bus stop shelter in Budge St, which she has donated to the Marlborough District Council.

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Generous donations have enabled the Marlborough District Council to install more bus stop shelters on the Blenheim bus route.

Blenheim resident Jean Wilson provided funding for one shelter last year and another this year, and the Blue Door Trust has also provided funding for one shelter this year. The first shelter Mrs Wilson paid for was installed on Hospital Rd, Witherlea, and the latest one was installed in Budge St yesterday.

The Blue Door Trust's shelter has been installed outside the Countdown supermarket in Redwoodtown. The Marlborough District Council installs two passenger shelters each year, and new ones have been installed this week in McLachlan St and in Wither Rd.

Mrs Wilson said she liked to help the community and providing a shelter was a way to do that.

"That [Budge St] stop is one of the most popular on the route, with women and their families using the bus." Mrs Wilson, who has lived in Blenheim since 1953, was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to senior citizens and the community this year.

Blue Door Trust chairwoman Sue Duckworth did not want to comment yesterday.

Council spokesman David Craig said the two donations totalled about $6000, covering the cost of the shelter structure but not their installation.

The four new shelters installed this week brought the total number of bus stop shelters in Blenheim to nine, he said.

The council looked at the passenger statistics when deciding where to install shelters and priority was given to the most popular stops, Mr Craig said. Some of stops did not need shelters because they were under cover already, such as the Clubs of Marlborough stop.

"We are also trying to put seating in at stops, particularly in less-used stops, as finances allow."

Bus usage was improving, Mr Craig said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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