Commuters left out in the cold after bus shelter requests rejected

Date published: 20 December 2019

Commuters are being left out in the cold after requests to install a shelter at a ‘wind tunnel’ on Norden Way have been rejected by Transport for Greater Manchester.

One commuter, who has used the stop for 35 years, said: “It is a wind tunnel and because it is high up, it is exposed to the elements.

“We used to stand in a small alley, which leads to the substation, for shelter. However, due to a complaint about youths in the area, gates have been fitted by Electricity North West which block the alley.

“It is very sad as we now stand exposed to the elements.”

A spokesperson for TfGM said: “Following a number of requests, some to remove the bus stop and some to install a bus shelter, we undertook a number of site visits at the Norden Way site followed by a consultation exercise in 2012.

“After consulting with local residents, bus operators and ward councillors it was decided not to install a shelter due to the number of objections received.”

TfGM confirmed 16 objections were received.

Electricity North West confirmed they reinstated a pre-existing gate as a safety precaution to prevent unathorised access to the substation.

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