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Councils take over Grantham bus shelters as advertising agency JCDecaux says they are no longer 'commercially viable'




Adverts on bus shelters in Grantham for food and movies may be a thing of the past, as the advertising company responsible for them says they are no longer commercially viable.

JCDecaux owned and maintained 48 bus shelters across South Kesteven – of which 40 are in Grantham – for 20 years.

They were installed in 2000 and the agreement expired on December 31, 2020.

A JCDecaux bus shelter in Watergate, Grantham. (43947514)
A JCDecaux bus shelter in Watergate, Grantham. (43947514)

The company offered the shelters to South Kesteven District Council, which went on to purchase six located in Grantham Bus Station and six in the Stamford station for a nominal £1 charge.

A report to the cabinet, which met on Tuesday, stated: “The option to retain the shelters in the bus station is more cost effective than replacing these with new shelters.

“The opportunity to utilise these shelters to promote district council commercial/paid for service and other key messages will also be beneficial.”

The cost of maintaining and cleaning the shelters has also passed to the council, expected to cost around £100 per shelter per year. This will be carried out by the council’s street cleaning team.

Lincolnshire County Council was offered the opportunity to purchase the 34 shelters along bus routes in Grantham, and two in Stamford.

The county council has confirmed it has taken ownership of these.

A spokesperson said: “None have been left unadopted and none will be removed.”



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