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Clear Channel boosts number of bee bus stops

The OOH company has set up the eco-friendly bus stops in 100 locations

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Clear Channel UK has continued its work to improve pollution and biodiversity in UK cities

Out-of-home (OOH) company Clear Channel UK has celebrated the installation of its 100th Living Roof in Cardiff following a successful rollout to locations like Glasgow, Brighton, Bristol, and Sunderland.

Clear Channel sees the milestone as just a stepping stone in its overall ambition to install 1,000 Living Roofs or 1 in 30 bus shelters nationwide. 

The bus stops, also known as Bee Bus Stops, have been created to encourage flying insects in the UK and aide in the resurgence of flower-rich locations. Clear Channel sees the initiative as a way of creating a healthy ecological network across the country instead of in isolated scenarios.

The Living Roofs use plants selected by Clear Channel UK and the Wildlife Trusts, and also absorb rainwater and heat through thoughtfully fabricated modular structures.

Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for climate change, Cllr Caro Wild, says: “The Bee Bus Stops help build nature and biodiversity into the fabric of cities. There are 11 Bee Bus Stops in Cardiff now, with many more to come in the future, and that’s the key, individually one bus stop roof isn’t a huge amount of space for nature, but if you think about the number of bus stops in a city, it soon adds up to something much more significant.”

Will Ramage, Clear Channel’s managing director says: "Reaching this tremendous milestone speaks volumes about how integral our Bee Bus Stops can be to creating greener communities for all.”

Locations like Bristol have recently acted as test locations for replacing bus shelters and improving the biodiversity of the city.

Speaking about the development, Ramage says: “As a company, we have a real responsibility towards the local communities that we operate in. The projects we’re helping to set up and support will have a tangible positive impact on the lives of many people from the likes of Bristol and we hope to see more Living Roofs across the city in the future.”

Councillor Don Alexander, cabinet member for transport, adds: “We are investigating all the ways we can make public transport more sustainable. Replacing bus shelters that have come to the end of their useable lives with the Living Roof system could help us to bring down air pollution at the roadside and give a boost to our bee population.

“This trial, being carried out at no charge to the council, will help us decide whether Living Roofs are right for the city.”

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