Historic-looking bus stop is in keeping with area’s proud past

Residents Hilda Maden, Eileen Wilson and Jean Damp with Coun Phil Hamman at the new bus stop in Church Road, Leyland
Residents Hilda Maden, Eileen Wilson and Jean Damp with Coun Phil Hamman at the new bus stop in Church Road, Leyland
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The clocks have been turned back in an historic part of Leyland.

An old-fashioned bus stop shelter has been erected close to the Leyland Cross, which is in a conservation area.

Residents have been calling out for a bus stop there since the last one was destroyed during last winter’s storms.

Brainboxes at South Ribble Council decided it would be a good idea to install a feature-type bus stop in its place on Church Road.

Councillor for the area, Phil Hamman, said: “The last one blew out of the ground during the bad weather before Christmas last year. It wasn’t in very good condition.

“Residents attending the Police and Community Together (PACT) meetings started asking if it was going to be replaced, and someone from the council’s neighbourhoods team said it would be good to get something which is more in-keeping with the conservation area.

“It’s taken a while because of the type of shelter we wanted, but it was installed last week and it’s all ready for winter now.

“I’m pleased it looks so good. It’s all worked out well in the end.”

Meanwhile, the council’s Leyland Neighbourhood Forum is planning to invest some money in upgrading other bus shelter across the town.

People are being asked to put forward a list of the area’s grubbiest bus stops for them to be in with a chance of a much-needed refurbishment.

A notice at the last Leyland Forum read: “Do you know of a bus shelter near you that is in need of a bit of TLC?

“In the near future, South Ribble Council will be undertaking a refurbishment programme of a number of bus shelters across the borough and the Neighbourhood Forums have been asked to nominate shelters that are in need of an upgrade.

“Once this process has been completed, a number will be selected, based on need and available funds.”

To keep up to date with the Leyland Forum, visit www.facebook.com/leylandforum.

The next forum is on December 11 at St Mary’s Church, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, from 7pm to 8pm.