Choosing the right bus shelter for a train station or other transport hub

If your current bus shelters are looking a bit old and dated, then it may be time for an upgrade. Bus shelters play a very important role in any public transport system. Not only do they indicate where a particular bus may stop, but they also offer passengers protection from the rain whilst they wait. Let’s face it, no one wants to return home from work with wet clothes just because they had to wait for a bus. Popular with commuters, families, and the elderly, buses are a convenient way to get around. As buses are used by so many people, it’s vital that they have a safe and welcoming place to wait.

If you are considering a total renovation of your current bus shelters, then be sure to read on. In this guide, we will show you everything you need to consider before embarking on this much-needed project. From the colour of the shelter to the number of entry points, we will ensure that your new bus stops are comfortable and accessible.

Start by choosing a style

Believe it or not, there is actually a wide range of different bus shelter designs on the market. From more traditional shelters to something a little different, you will be spoilt for choice. For a low maintenance shelter with UV glass, the fully enclosed Skipton Eco Bus Shelter is a great choice. If you’re after a more affordable option, then the Morley Bus Shelter comes in a choice of three materials. And, if you want a bit more creative freedom, the Heritage and Harrogate designs come in a number of different styles depending on your preferences.

Add some colour

Perhaps one of the easiest choices you’ll have to make when it comes to renovating a bus shelter is the colour. A unique colour enables people to easily locate the bus stop. When choosing a colour, you may also wish to consider the surrounding area. Red, green, and blue are all popular choices in towns and residential areas, while black looks great outside supermarkets, other businesses, and train stations.

Add some entrance points

The number of entrance points you need will entirely depend on how big you want the bus shelter to be. If the shelter is situated at a busy bus stop, then entrance points are a great way to minimise overcrowding. Passengers will simply walk through one entry point and exit onto the bus through the other. Choose between double front entry, enclosed single entry, and double sheltered entry. Of course, you can also choose to have no entrance points, opting for a cantilever instead. This option is well suited to longer shelters that have plenty of space for passengers to sit down and wait.

Installing panels

Revamp your bus shelters with some stylish panels instead. Offering even more protection from bad weather, panels are a sure way to keep your passengers comfortable and dry. If your shelter is located on a hill, then you may consider full end panels to shield passengers from the wind. If it is always in the shade, then the smaller quarter-end panels are a popular choice.

To find out more about upgrading your current bus shelters, contact us at Ace Shelters today.