Massively reduced bus service in Ludlow from today is necessary but must be temporary #coronavirus

On Monday, we had two buses serving Ludlow making around 30 trips a day. But the world we live has been changing by the hour. Yesterday, we had just eight bus trips. From today, there will be just six bus trips a day. Most shops in Ludlow are closed. Supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and health food stores are open.

The new Ludlow timetable is very limited and will be reviewed before the end of April. The 435 Ludlow Shrewsbury service – via Craven Arms, Wistanstow, Dorrington and Condover – has been suspended. The 552/553 service Bishop’s Castle Shrewsbury service has also been halted for the duration. The 292 Ludlow Kidderminster service via Clee and Cleobury Mortimer was running yesterday, as was the 740 Ludlow Knighton service.

Many pubs, restaurants and food outlets are providing a takeaway service. The details change daily. Let’s Go Ludlow updates the list of providers daily. This is just one example of how our community is pulling together during this unprecedented emergency.

Minsterley Motors, Shropshire Council and councillors have worked hard to keep a basic service running around Ludlow. A single 701/722 bus will run six times a day. Steventon and Old Street will no longer be served. We will review the route after Easter.

Please observe social distancing while waiting for the bus and when seated on the bus. Take care and only travel if you need to.

This is a sketch of the route and it shows how complex it is!

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