I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the seeming demise of one of Melling’s unique sandstone built bus shelters – The one close to the Pear Tree Pub on Prescott Road. Here’s a link to that posting:-
Moving on and on one of my solo fitness cycle rides during our lock-down a couple of days ago I saw this:-
This is the bench right next to the other Prescot Road sandstone bus shelter that’s near the junction with Cunscough Lane. You can’t see the shelter in this shot but this is it:-
A view from inside the shelter of the bench on Prescot Road taken quite a while back.
What I don’t know is why the bench has been so colourfully decorated with stuffed toys but maybe you do. Anyway, in another life a few years ago I christened this seat ‘Andrew’s Bench’ because I would pick a mate of mine up there now and again. Sadly, the shelter no longer has any buses call at it since the 345 bus to Skem was cut back, although I have been known to take shelter in it a couple of times during heavy rain when cycling in that part of the world.
I’ve come across at least 3 rather grand bus shelters in Melling Civil Parish, one on Prescot Road near the junction with Cunscough Lane (now out of use because service buses no longer travel that road anymore), one in Tithebarn Lane (which is very much in use) and another one in Waddicar Lane.
All are built of sandstone and I’m guessing that they were erected by Melling Parish Council at some point in the recent past? I’m also guessing that were built after the early 1980’s construction of the M58 Motorway as the one on Prescot Road is on the new alignment of that road where it crosses over the M58. I’m open to correction here if these assumptions are wrong so please get in touch if I am or if you have more information about them.
The shot above is of the shelter in Tithebarn Lane and here’s another shot from inside the one on Prescot Road:-
Note the arrow slit type windows reminiscent of a fortified castle
Bus shelters usually have a limited lifespan due to vandalism, rot, rust or simply not being required anymore, as our public bus services continue to decline, However, in Melling these rather special shelters seem, like any sandstone building, to be here for generations.
I wonder if the stone used to construct them came from the former Melling sandstone quarry up on Melling Rock?
Please get in touch if you know their history.
Not so long ago a lady asked me via Facebook if I could assist in helping her get bus shelters on Liverpool Road North between the Dodds Lane and Westway junctions.
This is the section of road in question. Liverpool Road North, Maghull – December 2010
Unfortunately I can’t trace back the thread where it popped up so this is a bit of a long shot in the hope that she sees it. I have also copied the same note on my Facebook page and on the Maghull & Lydiate in Old Pictures Group on Facebook.
Merseytravel have responded saying this:-
Both pavements at the bus stop locations are currently too narrow to accommodate bus shelters. The bus stop you refer to (towards Southport) would require a new hard stand area being dug into the rear grass verge in order to maintain an adequate, statutory passing width. At this present time, we do not have a surplus budget to meet the costs of a new bus shelter at this location but the request will certainly be held on file and should the applicable funding become available in the near future, further consideration will be given to this site.
So what a new bus shelter, you might say. And you would be right had it not taken more years to get it installed than I care to remember. And it’s not just me that’s banging away at Merseytravel over recent years as I know that a number Maghull/Lydiate residents and Cllr. Jane Day of Maghull Town Council have raised the lack of a shelter at this rather exposed spot.
As a point of reference it is close to Wickes Aintree store on the A59 on the northbound carriageway. Getting the shelter installed here is an important move forward because anyone travelling by bus to Aintree’s Retail parks from Maghull and Lydiate needs to be able to keep dry as they wait for the bus home. For years they have not been able to keep dry so a big thank you to Merseytravel for putting the new shelter in. It may have taken too long as far as some folk are concerned but at least it is there now.