The best bus stop designs for rural stops

Rural areas are increasingly being served by bus routes. For a long time, many of those living in rural areas had no access to public transport. This left many people feeling stranded and isolated. Luckily, local councils have improved bus links to small villages in the countryside. However, this also means that decisions need to made about bus stops and shelters. In the past, rural bus shelters were largely just wooden shacks on the side of the road. However, this style of bus stop isn’t long-lasting and can easily become weathered. When looking at bus stop designs, local councils need to consider the material, style and durability of a bus shelter, while still making sure it fits in with the rural area. Continue reading to learn about the best bus stop designs for rural stops.

Benefits of a bus shelter

Firstly, the benefits of bus shelters must be highlighted. Bus shelters are essential at every bus stop, especially rural ones. This is because bus shelters allow public transport users to protect themselves from harsh weather conditions, such as wind, rain and snow. Bus shelters also provide a social environment for those waiting for the bus, where they can sit down and have a conversation with other passengers.


The best bus stop designs are aesthetically pleasing and fit in well with the local area. Colour is very important, as the bus shelter shouldn’t look out of place. In a rural area, a green or brown bus shelter will blend in nicely with its surroundings. Furthermore, it is important to consider the shape and size of the bus shelter. Rural areas generally serve fewer passengers, and therefore the bus shelters do not need to be multi-use. A small and simple bus shelter will work best in a rural area.


As with all bus stops, rural bus shelters must be made from strong and durable materials. High-grade aluminium alloy is a strong and robust material, which means the shelter won’t rust or be easily damaged. If the shelter has transparent panels, then toughened safety glass is the best material choice. This will be less likely to shatter and cause injury than other materials. A rural bus stop could also include some additional features. Extras such as solar lighting, timetable cases, bench or perch seating and CCTV systems can really enhance the function and accessibility of a bus stop.

At Ace Shelters, we have a bus shelter to suit every environment. If you’re looking for a bus shelter for a rural area, then we can help. We have experience in providing shelters for rural locations and parish councils. Our shelters are strong and durable, made from materials such as high-grade aluminium alloy powder.