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Why lookout towers are the new bus stops in this Hungarian village

Why lookout towers are the new bus stops in this Hungarian village
Copyright RTL Klub
Copyright RTL Klub
By Chris Harris
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A poor village in Hungary found a creative way to get the community a new covered bus stop.

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A poor village in Hungary had to be at its creative best to get a bus stop built.

Locals in Nyugotszenterzsébet, located in south-west Hungary, say the community didn’t have the €1,500 needed to buy a government licence for the bus stop.

So the village instead applied for funding to build a small lookout tower—which didn’t require a licence—and has doubled up as a bus shelter.

The village built the "tower" for 450,000 Hungarian Forints (€1,450), less than the cost of the licence for the bus stop even before the construction and material costs.

A village representative told RTL Klub, a Hungarian broadcaster, that before the lookout-tower-cum-bus stop was installed, children would often get soaking wet walking to the nearest stop, further down the street. 

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