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'Awesome' new bus stop for Wheathampstead in The Broadway
Travelling to school this term will be more pleasurable for young people in Wheathampstead thanks to a new heritage bus shelter.
The rural bus stop in The Broadway, Gustard Wood, is very well used by children attending over six different secondary schools and, up until now, they have had to wait to be picked up in all weathers without a shelter.
As part of a scheme to improve the experience of bus travel, Wheathampstead Parish Council has worked together with a manufacturer to design a shelter in keeping with the conservation area and narrow lay-by.
The brand new shelter has been named The Wheathampstead and is part of the parish council’s desire to provide heritage shelters in and around the village to promote bus travel for all ages.
The Mayor of St Albans and vice-chairman of the parish council, Annie Brewster, said she was pleased young people finally had somewhere to shelter while waiting for the bus.
She said: "It had looked doubtful we could fit a shelter in this spot.
"Amazingly, working with the team from Littlethorpe in Leicestershire, a small roof version has been created and the design has now officially been added to their range, to be known as The Wheathampstead."
Jackie Holland, mother of James aged 13, who begins senior school this week said: "This is perfect timing.
"I know how miserable it has been in the cold weather and the new shelter fits perfectly into its rural surroundings."
While Rory Barlow, 17, added: "Although I am in my final year, I use this stop everyday so this is awesome."
Parish clerk Julia Warren thanked Hertfordshire County Council for match funding the new shelter.
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