New bus shelters for Royal Parade

1 month ago Thu 23rd May 2024

The following information can be found on the Plymouth City Council's website:

New, greener bus shelters will shortly be installed on Royal Parade as part of our citywide replacement programme and re-greening of the city centre.

The new 'living roof' shelters will be planted with a specially selected mix of native wildflower and sedum – providing a natural habitat for bees and other pollinating insects.

As well as boosting biodiversity and being visually attractive, they will also offer many additional benefits: absorbing rainwater, providing natural cooling, filtering fine dust from the air and producing oxygen.

All the shelters on the westbound (Guildhall) side of Royal Parade are being upgraded, along with the one outside Argos on the eastbound side.

The new, more modern shelters will also offer better lighting, improved seating and relocated ‘real-time’ displays to make it easier for passengers to view information about the next services to arrive.

Work to remove the existing shelters and install the new ones will begin on Monday 3 June and take two weeks to complete, in phases. While each shelter is being replaced, buses will depart from alternative stops either on Exeter Street Viaduct or Derrys Cross Roundabout.

Notices will be placed in shelters ahead of their removal to let passengers know their nearest alternative stop during the works. This information can also be found on our Royal Parade bus shelter upgrade page.

Passengers who would normally get off the bus at one of the affected stops will need to get off on either Exeter Street Viaduct or Derrys Cross Roundabout during the works.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport said: “As part of our Bus Service Improvement Plan we’re committed to delivering a thriving bus network that connects everyone to important people and places by services that are frequent, reliable, fast, affordable, safe and clean – which will also help Plymouth to achieve its net zero goals by 2030.

“Royal Parade is the city’s main bus interchange and the starting point for more than 11,000 bus journeys each day. These new shelters will not only deliver against four of Plymouth’s nine passenger priorities (safety, simple and understandable information and services that are modern and clean) but also provide a natural habitat for small animals and help to make the area greener, healthier and more biodiverse.”

Please see Service Updates - Plymouth Bus to keep up to date with changes to bus services.