Council returns bus shelter to its original position

Coun John Beynon and David Mash in the bus shelter that has been moved back to its original position.
Coun John Beynon and David Mash in the bus shelter that has been moved back to its original position.

After concerns were raised by many residents, a bus shelter in the Stobhill area of Morpeth is now back in its original position.

The facility on the side of the A192 heading into the town centre shortly after the turn off for Grange Road had been moved forward to the roadside last year so the new cycle path can run behind it as part of the Northumberland County Council cycleway scheme.

But the local authority received complaints about this action and a spokesman said: “We listened to public feedback about the relocation of this bus shelter and it’s now been returned to its original position.”

County councillor for Stobhill, John Beynon, said: “I received many calls and emails about this. If there was a big puddle on the road by the bus stop, people wouldn’t sit in the shelter as they were worried about being soaked.

“It has taken longer than I would have liked, but I’m glad that the shelter has been moved back.”

The shelter is the property of Morpeth Town Council and as well as Coun Beynon, it asked the county council to return the shelter to its original position.

Although he is pleased that this action has been taken, Stobhill resident David Mash said the cycleway scheme has been an ‘unmitigated disaster’ and the risk of an accident remains as buses still have to stay on the road when they stop because of the cycle path.