Gravesend New Bus Hub Proves to be Popular
In June 2022, Kent County Council unveiled their brand-new £2.5 million bus hub which was brought to life as part of the Kent Thameside Local Sustainable Transport schemes package. The hub has been introduced to upgrade and enhance the transport connection between buses, trains, and bikes in Gravesend town centre.
The project which was led by Kent County Council and FM Conway contractors include four new bus stops, an enhanced pedestrianised area, better crossings, new public toilets and two Fastrack stops. The bus hub also features an electric bus charging point, up-to-date electric information screens, new seating and four canopies along Barrack Row and Garrick Street.
The canopies were supplied and installed by Able Canopies Ltd., and they consist of three gull-wing canopies and a bespoke timber shelter with integrated seating.
These particular canopies were chosen for this project due to their contemporary and unobtrusive design as they feature centre posts rather than both front and rear posts. Also, the gull-wing design provides ample shelter from the elements.
The timber shelter compliments the timber seating and bins and were added to the design to provide a waiting area with additional weather protection mimicking that of an open building for passengers and drivers. The Grasmere Timber Shelter does exactly this as it has a timber panel running along the back the bench to block driving rain. It also features an opening at the end of the shelter for easy access from both sides and to allow an area for people to stand.
Buses in Gravesend were using the hub whilst the works were being completed in different phases however, Kent County Council held an official opening ceremony on 21st June and now their residents and visitors can now make full use of the new bus hub all year round.
If you’re looking to add canopies or shelters to your projects, contact Able Canopies. With over 19 years designing, manufacturing, and installing canopies, we will be able to bring your design to life, leaving your clients with a practical, yet stylish all-weather area.