New bus and cycle shelters bring sustainable transport to the fore in Royston
New bus and cycle shelters have been installed in Royston Town Centre, helping local people choose greener travel options.
The bus shelter, which is located on Icknield Walk near to a local convenience store, initially came about after residents advised their local North Herts District Council (NHDC) Councillors and Royston Town Councillors that there was a need for a bus shelter in that location.
Initial investigations began in March 2019. Working closely with Royston Town Council, and after considerable delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, NHDC recently managed the installation of the bus shelter, which is now served by the number 16 bus route in town.
The new cycle shelter at Market Hill car park in Royston is ideally located for shoppers nipping into town or to the market.
The cycle shelter was originally requested by Royston Town Council who flagged that there were no bike shelters in that area, and they wished to encourage local people to use greener transport when visiting local shops. NHDC officers worked closely with Royston Town Council, NHDC Councillors and Herts County Council Members to choose the design and location of the cycle shelter.
Both projects were funded by Section 106 funds (money negotiated between housing developers and the Council to help fund community infrastructure projects) held by NHDC for sustainable transport projects, with the bus shelter being installed by contractor Clear Channel, and the cycle shelter by Broxap and Frank Cooper & Son.
Councillor Sam Collins, NHDC Executive Member for Transport said: “We are very pleased to support these projects as part of our commitment to encouraging sustainable and active travel in North Hertfordshire. The new shelters will greatly benefit local people and the local environment, by allowing people to cycle or take the bus instead of making lots of individual journey’s into town by car.”
Councillor Mark Hughes, Mayor of Royston said: “Royston Town Council is very pleased to see the installation of a new bus shelter and a covered cycle stand. These are some of the first small steps to make it easier for bus passengers and cyclists who generally are the younger and older people in our community. It will take time and investment to provide the right facilities and transport services to meet our community’s needs, and facilitate and encourage the move towards more sustainable travel in and around Royston.”
To find out more about NHDC’s and commitment to the environment go to our climate change webpage.
To read Royston Town Council’s Environmental Policy open their Environmental Policy PDF.
Photograph: Councillor Sam Collins (left) and Councillor Mark Hughes of Royston Town Council and Mayor of Royston (right) at the newly installed bus shelter in Icknield Walk, Royston.