Doubleview residents call for bus shelter’s return months after it was removed for accessibility


Local residents Jo Wayling and Riane Martin. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Local residents Jo Wayling and Riane Martin. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

DOUBLEVIEW residents are calling for the reinstatement of a bus stop shelter and seat just months after it was removed to make the stop more accessible.

The Public Transport Authority (PTA), in consultation with City of Stirling, removed the shelter on Millcrest Street near Shearn Crescent to make it accessible for people with mobility difficulties.

Jo Wayling said she did not drive so relied on the bus route 410 for transport and had organised a petition requesting replacement of the shelter and seat.

“It’s right outside Doubleview Bowling Club, which is very popular, especially with elderly people,” she said

“More concerning for me is in summer; there’s no trees there.

“From my perspective, I don’t want to stand in the blazing sun for a bus that’s quite often late.”

Ms Wayling said she could walk to another stop with shelter about 10 minutes away but believed this was not possible for some and worried about the alternative options for elderly people.

According to bus user Jude Marinoni, it was not feasible to walk to the nearest shelter.

“You’re not going to walk 1km to a shelter and get drenched on the way,” she said.

Riane Martin, who lives in an over 55s complex 350m from the stop, said she needed to sit down and use her inhaler once she reached the stop.

“Why can’t they at least put a seat back there?” she said.

She has been choosing to drive instead since the shelter was removed and believed it was making it harder for people to use public transport.

“There are so many senior complexes in walking distance to the stop,” she said.

“They’re not going to use it.”

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the stop replacement was part of its Bus Stop Accessibility Works Program, which provided a level concrete pad and connection to the nearest pathway.

“The old shelter had to be demolished for the works to start as it was non-compliant with today’s standards, and no longer structurally sound,” he said.

“To qualify for PTA funding for a replacement bus shelter, a bus stop needs to have 15 or more boardings per day.

“This stop falls well short of the requirement, with only nine passenger boardings a day.”

Mr Hynes said bus shelters and seats were the local council’s responsibility.

“Putting a shelter at this particular bus stop, when the City of Stirling has 130 other bus stops which do meet the boarding requirements for installation, would not be a prudent use of taxpayer funds,” he said.

City acting chief executive Michael Littleton said the PTA consulted with the City on whether the shelter should be replaced.

“Given the low patronage, the installation of a replacement shelter at this bus stop could not be justified,” he said.

“However, a new seat will be installed at the stop location in the near future.

“The City and the PTA can re-consider the installation of a bus shelter at this bus stop in the future if and when the minimum patronage requirement of 15 boardings per weekday is achieved.”

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