Planning the installation process
Littlethorpe bus shelters arrive fully assembled, ready to be installed into pre-prepared foundations.
Littlethorpe shelters can be installed into existing pavements and bases, or new sites. The shelters are heavy and need to be standing on an appropriate concrete footing to ensure they do not sink, with enough concrete around the legs to retain the shelter.
It is possible to use an existing concrete base as hardstanding if it is in good enough condition; as Littlethorpe shelters have a long lifespan, care needs to be taken in deciding the suitability of an existing base to ensure it lasts as long as the shelter.
Littlethorpe shelters have a long lifespan, care needs to be taken in deciding
the suitability of an existing base to ensure it lasts as long as the shelter.
In some cases, it can be appropriate to use plastic sockets to allow the site to be brought close to completion before the shelter is delivered into position. This is particularly useful for new pavements or where several different sites are being prepared at the same time.
As all bus shelter installations will involve elements of highways work, NRSWA (National Roads and Street Works Act) qualified personnel must be present and appropriate insurance is required, even if the shelter itself is on private land. It is best to speak to your local highways department regarding what minimum qualifications and insurance they require; they may be able to recommend approved groundworkers in your area.
Positioning the Bus Shelters
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on the shelter’s positioning, including:
- Clearance between the front of the shelter and the road
- Clearance around the shelter on the pavement for wheelchair or pushchair users
- Visibility for both bus drivers and passengers
- Sightlines for other road users, for example, if the shelter is near a junction or on a bend
The highways department should be consulted on the suitability of any proposed bus shelter site for reasons including road safety, ownership of the land, and applying for appropriate licenses. The highways department may also offer funding or other assistance towards purchasing and installing bus shelters.