Local reps have been appealing to the NTA for improved provision.
€70,000 in funding has been secured for five new bus shelters in Laois.
Local Sinn Féin TD, Brian Stanley has confirmed the new, following repeated calls on the National Transport Authority to improve provision in the county.
Late last year, the NTA committed to delivering two shelters in Mountrath, two in Kilminchy, Portlaoise, and one in Ballybrittas.
It's now been confirmed that funding has been approved and works are to be tendered to contractors in the coming weeks.
Laois-Offaly's Deputy Stanley says, on completion of the five shelters, the NTA says it will continue the development and roll out of subsequent bus shelter provision in the county, in collaboration with Laois County Council’.
Deputy Stanley continued;
"I have also been making representations to the NTA for a number of bus shelters in other locations, including Borris-in-Ossory, Crettyard, Newtown and Ballylinan, along with Portlaoise Hospital.
"The NTA state that these are now ‘under assessment' for installation. They have also confirmed their intention to replace existing shelters at Portlaoise Hospital and JFL Avenue.’’
“I welcome this progress as they are badly needed to provide a level of protection from the wind and rain for bus users. It will also encourage more people to use the bus services in the County and have the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion on our roads."