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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Rare offer to catch a bus shelter
Bus shelter
The city council has embarked on a programme of shelter replacement
Free bus shelters are being offered to members of the public after Dundee Council revealed it had more than 200 "surplus to requirements".

New shelters are being put in place across the city as part of a 12m project which has been funded by the Scottish Executive.

The scheme aims to improve public transport facilities across Dundee.

Sports groups have already expressed an interest in recycling the shelters for team dugouts or spectator areas.

Planning and transportation convener Councillor Fiona Grant said the major programme of shelter replacement had left the authority with a shelter surplus.

'Football dugouts'

She added that the council would listen to any request that would see at least some of the shelters being put to good use.

Councillor Grant said: "Already we have received enquiries from organisations that are looking to use the shelters as football dugouts and shelters for a wide range of sporting and other activities.

"The city council will be offering the shelters for free, but the groups would have to meet the costs of transportation and refurbishment.

"The new shelters will make a real difference to the experience of bus passengers, but we are keen that the old shelters can be recycled in a social sense and can be used to help community and youth groups, sports clubs and other organisations."

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