Harrogate campaigners in bus shelter victory

Councillor Cooper and Andrew Jones MP join bus users at the new shelter (s)
Councillor Cooper and Andrew Jones MP join bus users at the new shelter (s)

A campaign for a bus shelter on York Place in Harrogate has ended.

Led by residents of Church Square Mansions and supported by Coun Richard Cooper and MP Andrew Jones, the bid began two years ago.

The York Place stop was previously perched on a muddy banking with no shelter.

In wet weather residents reported having trouble getting to the stop and taking a bus in the opposite direction to catch a bus back to avoid the muddy and slippery wait at the York Place stop.

North Yorkshire County Council applied to the government to use money from the Sustainable Transport Fund to install a new shelter and a surface at the stop.

Mr and Mrs Williamson of Church Square Mansions, collected a petition with over 100 names. They said: “It’s been a long time coming but the new shelter is just the ticket.

“We need that extra bit of help to enable us to use public transport and that’s why our new shelter is so welcome.”

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones said: “I want to thank the county council for pulling out all the stops to get funding for this new shelter.

“As we approach the worst months of winter this will enable people to get out and about that bit more easily.”

Coun Cooper added: “Normally you wait at a bus stop. We’ve been waiting for a bus stop.

“Just a few years ago there wasn’t even a bus stop for residents in Church Square Mansions. Now we have a modern, safe stop and shelter.”