Previously (pre-1969; ad bus shelters) bus shelters were very functional pieces of street furniture, manufactured exclusively by local councils. Some were iron-and-glass edifices covered in peeling municipal green paint; others were made of brick; some in rural areas even had thatched roofs. Then in the year mentioned earlier, 1969; billboard advertising companies, sort to use bus shelters as advertising outlets. The advertising idea was categorically simple; the billboard advertising companies would supply bus shelters to local authorities for nothing, in return for the right to display advertising on them. In the early 1970s, Adshel began installing their first shelters in Leeds, which till today are still numbered ‘0001’. The ads now universally recognized as ‘Adshels’, whether they enhance bus shelters or other waiting shelters in supermarkets and motorway service stations.
Bus-shelter ads really started to boom in the 1980s, consequently leading to the improvement and development of bus shelter design, they had to be presentable and they had to accommodate the ads in various way and various placements, especially in the urban city areas where travelling by bus was becoming more popular and the advertising industry was booming. Today, with the ever-rising oil prices, the ever-worsening traffic, more and more people forced to choose the bus as their primary transportation. Bus stops are becoming indispensable in the daily schedule of many city commuters. As life is changing, we have to, and the rightfully so the department for transport will see to improve bus stops and bus shelters as well. In fact, in London, the last piece of bus shelter history that had remained in public use; a wooden bus shelter was removed from Tolworth with fears for pedestrian safety, by Transport for London.
It’s very clear that bus shelters and waiting shelters are more than functional pieces of street furniture nowadays. They are more than just ‘shelters’; they are applied with ads and information which is not just for the people who are using them, but also those passing by. Bus Shelters have to adhere to safety laws, styles and designs specifications depending on where they are and what they are used for. The future of the bus shelter is also very bright, they are plenty of bus shelters which now house extraordinary technological features many are concepts but some are already in function and part of urban city street furniture.