Community support for new bus shelter

Horizons Regional Council and Whanganui District Council are pleased with the strong community support they’ve received for a new bus shelter along the Castlecliff bus route.

Horizons transport manager Phil Hindrup, says the shelter will be installed during the first week of November, outside the Rangiora Street Library in Castlecliff.
“As a first in our region, the glass in this particular shelter will be engraved by local glass artist Claire Bell,” Phil Hindrup says.
“Following strong community support through the Castlecliff NZ community group, options to reduce potential vandalism were explored and having the glass engraved was the artistic option chosen.
“Claire’s design is inspired by the Castlecliff sand dunes and uses plant and insect life from the dunes including kohekohe, spinifex, pīngao, toetoe, convolvulus hawk-moth, New Zealand convolvulus, New Zealand giant dragonfly, sand scarab, dune beetle and katipō.
“The design is meant to feel like an art nouveau frieze, as Whanganui has a strong Arts and Crafts-era background,” Phil Hindrup says.
Whanganui District Council’s active transport facilitator Norman Gruebsch says the support received for the shelter and its engraving has been phenomenal.
“It’s really encouraging to see the community getting behind this new infrastructure, participating in the process to have it installed and coming up with options to protect it from potential vandalism.
“As well as making bus travel a more comfortable option for our Castlecliff residents, the new bus shelter will be an attractive feature in the suburb,” Norman Gruebsch says.
Bus shelters are a collaboration between Horizons and Whanganui District Council. Horizons advises on location and funds installation, while Whanganui District Council funds ongoing maintenance.
Megan Smith, Horizons Regional Council Communications Officer, 0212277882