UK County Tests Solar Powered Bus Shelters

Residents in the United Kingdom town of Cury can now wait for their local bus in well-lit surroundings, following the installation of a new solar-powered bus shelter. Cornwall County Council chose the village of Cury to host the solar-powered bus shelter as it has minimal street lighting and a well used evening bus service, the Truronian T1.

Solar panels within the shelter are charged during daytime hours, and then illuminate the interior in the evening when passengers enter the stop. The light is well contained within the boundaries of the shelter to avoid causing excess light pollution to local residents. “We are delighted with the solar-powered shelter and the fact that it looks very similar to other shelters in the area,” said Adrian Boaden, Chairman of Cury Parish Council. “The location of the shelter is well placed for the residents and visitors who wish to use the bus service.” Following the tendering process the contract was let to Queensbury, Southampton, who installed it outside Cury C of E Primary School. Due to the construction of the shelter and housing of the solar panels, it did not require a grid power supply or any extra ground-works or trenching — typically a major cost-saving measure of solar-powered bus shelters. The County Council intends to trial the shelter, along with one at another location, over the winter, paying special attention to its ability to gain sufficient charge during the darkest days of winter. If the trial is successful, the County Council will consider providing similar shelters where the cost of installing mains power supplies is prohibitive. “The County Council is glad of the opportunity to try out this new shelter in Cury, where the evening bus service is well patronised, therefore giving it plenty of use,” said Robert Hichens, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Transport. “We are keen to try new types of transport services and give communities a valuable facility at the same time.”
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