Bus shelters are repeatedly hit by vandals

Berwick Town Council is weighing up its options on what to do with bus shelters damaged by vandals.

Thursday, 1st February 2018, 07:32 am
A vandalised bus shelter on Main Street, Tweedmouth.

Five bus shelters between the Royal Tweed Bridge and the Tweedmouth retail park have been vandalised in recent weeks.

In most cases, the Perspex windows have been broken, leaving them looking unsightly and a potential hazard to waiting bus passengers.

The shelters have been repeatedly damaged over the past year, leaving the council with the difficult decision of what to do.

Town clerk Gareth Davies, speaking at last week’s full council meeting, said: “In recent weeks, five bus stops on Prince Edward Road between the Royal Tweed Bridge and the retail park have been vandalised.

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“It is not economic to continue repairing bus shelters only for them to be damaged on a regular basis. Just putting Perspex back in is throwing good money after bad.”

He said it was possible to harden bus shelters to prevent damage occurring so easily, using the same materials as police riot shields, but this is a more expensive option.

He also indicated that any works programme agreed could also include addressing backlogs of maintenance on the remainder of the stock.

Mayor Gregah Roughead said: “We need to be proactove rather than reactive in the maintenance of bus shelters.”

Coun Alex Gibson added: “The broken Perspex needs to be taken out because someone could cut themselves.”

Members delegated the issue to the local services committeeto assess what steps to take.

Meanwhile, Coun Alan Bowlas called for redundant bus stop signs to be removed from Castle Terrace. He said one had been defaced.

There has been no passenger bus service on the street since the junction with the A1 Berwick bypass was changed several years ago and traffic was prevented from turning northbound or towards Duns.