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Have you been wondering where some of your local bus shelters have disappeared to? The mystery has been solved.

French-owned outdoor advertising giant, JC Decaux, has tightened its grip on the London market with the award of the bus shelter contract. The 15-year contract was previously held by Clear Channel, which also lost the Transport for London (TfL) bus shelter contract to Decaux.

The new agreement in the Royal Borough includes the provision, installation, maintenance and advertising operations for 80 new bus shelters including 16 sites already approved for 84-inch digital screens.

The Earl’s Court Society, although worried that residents have had to suffer the inconvenience of lack of shelter and seating for a time, are glad to hear that the new bus shelters, albeit with their advertising displays, targeting “premium” residents in our area, will be re-installed from this week onwards.