Eyesore bus shelters replaced in Kettering

Work is under way to remove the bus shelters in Newland Street
Work is under way to remove the bus shelters in Newland Street

The unloved bus shelters at the front of the Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering are being replaced.

Work started in July to remove the existing shelters in Newland Street, and will be followed by three weeks of construction works to install new foundations for the bus shelters and power supplies.

The new bus shelters will look like this, but will be black and not silver

The new bus shelters will look like this, but will be black and not silver

Once the foundations are complete, the five new shelters will be bolted down and opened to the public.

During this time, the bus stops will be temporarily moved and all services will run as usual.

Newlands Shopping Centre manager Neil Griffin said: “We are very happy to see further enhancement of Kettering town centre which we hope will encourage more people to use public transport and enjoy the improved quality and choice of shopping in Kettering.

“During these works, it will be business as usual as all our shops will be fully accessible.”

What the bus shelters in Newland Street used to look like

What the bus shelters in Newland Street used to look like

Everything is being done to ensure that the works are completed quickly and with minimum disruption.

There will be short periods of time where the works may be noisy but again, these will be kept to a minimum.

The eyesore shelters are being upgraded as part of enhancement work Kier WSP Northamptonshire Highway is carrying out on behalf of Kettering Council.

The work has begun following a £180,000 interest-free loan from the owners of the Newlands Shopping Centre earlier this year.

Money which had been earmarked to replace the shelters in a section 106 agreement with the developers behind the Westhill residential development off Northampton Road was unlikely to arrive early enough to meet the wishes of the Newlands centre owners Ellandi to press ahead with the replacement of the shelters.

So Ellandi agreed to loan the council £180,000, which will be paid back in three equal instalments of £60,000 over the next three years.

The cost of the shelters is estimated to be £175,000 – the loan includes a £5,000 contingency sum.