A £100,000 project to improve bus stops and shelters throughout Helensburgh and Lomond should be completed by the spring, according to Argyll and Bute Council.

Work has begun to provide better access at stops and replace some shelters in the area, backed by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) funds.

Stops along the B833, from Coulport to Garelochhead, will be upgraded with hard-standing and dropped kerbs at both sides of the road to make sure all stops are fully compliant.

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Some stops will be given new poles and flags, while there will be a new bus shelter at Garelochhead and some others on the route will also be upgraded.

The second part of the project is to improve access to stops within Helensburgh and add four new bus shelters at locations where there is demand.

New shelters will not be the traditional Argyll and Bute Council blue: the new silver, powder coated shelters will take less maintenance and can be upgraded with lighting and solar power, so are future proofed.

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Councillor Robin Currie, policy lead for housing, roads and infrastructure services, said: “Thanks to our partnership with SPT, we are able to provide an improved service for residents who are less mobile, as well as the wider community, who rely on public transport.

“Improving accessibility will always be a challenge for more rural areas, but thanks to this additional funding we have been able to make improvements that will make a big difference to some of the more vulnerable people in our communities.”

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