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Bus Shelter Installation

Because all Littlethorpe bus shelters are delivered pre assembled, installation is straightforward.

Planning the installation process

A typical bus shelter delivery

A typical bus shelter delivery

Littlethorpe will supply CAD (computer aided design) foundation plans to help your local ground workers prepare the installation site ready to receive your new shelter. If you ring us we will send plans to you by e-mail and/or send A3 copies in the post free of charge.

Littlethorpe shelters have legs that go into the ground up to 500mm deep; the shelters are heavy and need to be standing on either very firm ground or a small concrete footing (100mm thick) to ensure they do not sink.

It is possible to use an existing concrete base as hard standing if it is in good enough condition, remember the life span of a Littlethorpe shelter is very long, care needs to be taken in deciding about the suitability of an existing base in case the shelter out lasts it. Holes can normally be cut into an existing base with a disc cutter to cut the perimeter of the holes and then dug out with a spade to the required depth.

Bus shelter legs

Shelter legs installed into plastic "sockets"

Installing into an existing pavement is a similar procedure; cutting the surface of the pavement to get holes with a neat edge then digging down with a spade to the required depth.

When installing a shelter into a grass verge the holes for the legs are dug out with a spade and 100mm of concrete laid in the bottom of the holes or concrete pavers can be bedded in at the required depth. The top surface needs to be removed where the hard standing is going. The shelter can then be craned into place by the delivery driver, 70mm of hard core should be bedded down then 70mm of concrete (minimum) laid around the shelter as hard standing. Small timbers (tanalized kick boards used at the bottom of fencing) can be used as shuttering, held in place with wooden pegs knocked into the ground. Tanalized timbers can be left in place as an edging. Alternatively concrete edging normally used to edge paths can be used instead of timber.


Positioning the shelters

Two-part bus stop

Positioning a two part shelter

No part of the shelter should be closer to the road than 400mm, this reduces the risk of high sided vehicles or extended wing mirrors clipping the shelter (in some areas the highways dept ask for 500mm).

A minimum of 1200mm (about 48 inches) should be left as clear access on the pavement for both wheel chairs and double buggies.

Good visibility at the arrivals end is highly desirable; the bus driver needs to be able to see into the shelter on the approach to the shelter without having to slow down. Bus passengers will also need a sight line to see the oncoming bus.

The highways department at the county Council should be consulted as to the suitability of any proposed bus shelter site for reasons of road safety and also ownership of the land.

Suitably qualified persons only should be working on the highway; to dig holes on public land a "street licence" is required, this is a paper qualification or licence given after attending a course on the correct procedures, similar to a driving licence in some ways and like driving a proper level of insurance is required.

For more information about our bus shelters, please contact Andy and Norma Robinson direct on:

0116 260 3777 or email us