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Long: ‘Living roof’ will transform bus shelters

Belfast High Sheriff, Alliance Councillor Michael Long, has said he is delighted to see Translink include the ‘living roof’ idea as part of the newly designed ‘Insignia+’ style shelter.

Having previously campaigned for the change, Councillor Long said the living roof option would allow for wildflower gardens to be added to the new shelters, with the move now subject to an economic appraisal.

He added: “As we reach the end of the COP26 summit, it is vital we do everything we can to mitigate the impact of climate change. These new shelters will revolutionise Translink’s local offering, with the capability of solar-powered energy efficient LED lighting, alongside the living roof plans and a number of other options.

“Even small changes will make a difference and so I am delighted my suggestion to Translink, based on their successful use in places like the Netherlands, to make our bus shelters more environmentally friendly, is now progressing. 

“These shelters will allow for a wildflower roof option which is great for bees and other insects, whilst the solar powered lighting will also help make a positive change.

“I hope a pilot can now go ahead and any economic assessment balances the financial issues with the positive changes these shelters could have on our environment.”