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Support for Bus Stops and Shelters

At present, there is no government funding available for bus shelter construction; however, Parish Councils may apply for a Council grant by application to the Integrated Transport Unit.

Parish Councils wishing to apply for a grant should print and complete the Application for a Grant for a New Bus Shelter form and return it to Integrated Transport Unit, Room 3B, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1XU.

Eligibility for grant aid

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New shelters will take priority in eligibility for grant aid but replacements will be considered if certain criteria are met. The amount of grant offered will be £3,000 per application depending on the Parish Council fulfilling a number of criteria. This is the maximum amount available and will be for the provision and installation only. Any preparatory ground works that might be necessary will have to be met by the Parish. Should the provision and installation costs fall below £3,000 the shortfall will be retained in the pot.

Each Parish Council would need to comply with the following in order to be considered for the grant:

  • Only one application per Parish Council per year.
  • Be able to supply the precise location for the site (grid references).
  • State whether the shelter is to be erected on land forming part of the highway. If not, the Parish Council must provide proof that the land is owned by them.
  • If on highway land then consent from Cornwall Council is required under Section 5 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1953. This must be in the form of written approval from the Divisional Surveyor.
  • State whether planning permission has been granted (where required).
  • The Parish Council must provide at least two quotations that have been received for the work.
  • The Parish Council must provide details of the average number of people waiting for buses at the proposed location on a normal weekday (split between general public and school children waiting for contract buses).
  • The Parish Council must accept responsibility for insuring and maintenance of the bus shelter. (Please note that on July 1st 2007, England introduced a new law to make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England smokefree. Many bus shelters will now be included within the ban. Please ensure all shelters which require a no smoking advice sticker are correctly labelled. Further guidance and down-loadable no smoking stickers are available from the Smoke Free England website).

Cornwall Council will give additional consideration to applications on the basis of: the level of current bus service and proposed service changes; proposed highway infrastructure schemes that may affect the bus route and/or site; proximity to any existing shelters; and age of existing shelter if request is for a replacement. Requests will be dealt with on a 'first come, first served' basis and Parish Council's will be given notification when the current financial year's funding allocation has been used. In this instance any further requests will be rolled forward to be dealt with in the following financial year.

If you require any further information please contact the Passenger Transport Unit on 0300 1234 222 or by email

View the Local Transport Plan