PASSENGERS have been left baffled by a 'back-to-front' bus shelter.

Residents living near the new bus stop on Lancefield Quay, part of four new hi-tech shelters in the area, noticed the 'bizarre' construction after seats were installed facing away from the road.

They claim it will be more difficult to see oncoming traffic, and buses, and believe contractors have made a blunder during installation.

Three other new stops in the area have been installed with seats facing the road, enabling passengers to see oncoming traffic.

But Glasgow City Council, who are responsible for the shelter, claim its design protects waiting passengers from the elements and say there is nothing wrong with it.

The route is used as part of the new Fastlink route.

Ronnie Anderson, a resident who lives nearby, said: "They've been building these bus shelters over the last month, but they've built one the wrong way round.

"The seats are facing in to the building at Lancefield Quay, into a wall.

"Someone has made a big mistake here, it's bizarre.

"I don't know who is responsible for building these things but it's incredible they've built it the wrong way round, you can't see the bus coming if you're not sitting facing the road.

"I've seen older people sitting there, they're facing in to the wall. Whoever built that must have thought it was wrong, surely."

A male passenger who was waiting at the bus stop said: "It does seem a bit strange. I don't know if it's the wrong way but usually all the bus stops I've seen the seats face out the way, not away from the road. "It definitely doesn't look right."

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: "The shelter is not the wrong way round and there are examples of this layout throughout the city.

"The point, as you would expect, is to offer people waiting for buses shelter from the weather so the position of the seats will take into account a number of factors, including the direction of the prevailing wind and also the location of underground services.

"The design and positioning of bus shelters is agreed in partnership with SPT."

The spokesman also said there were numerous examples of shelters of the same design across the city, including at Broomfield Road, Crossloan Road, Langlands Road, Harmony Row, Minard Road.

He added: "Every bus shelter is looked at on a case by case basis.

"For each one consideration will be given to the location, footfall, passenger numbers, cycle paths, underground services, proximity to residential properties etc.

"There are seven variations of bus shelter along the Fastlink route - 28 in total."