Category: Transport

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.

Ludlow Town Council today reversed its decision to hold an open air market even though this is permitted under government regulations. The socially distanced market was a good reaction to the growing crisis. It gives an alternative to supermarket aisles where social distancing isn’t possible. As the crisis grows, our town bus services are being cut back by around 90% tomorrow and some communities will no longer be served. We could have put in place a better service if Shropshire Council had not dithered about emergency subsidies to bus companies. The 435 service between Ludlow and Shrewsbury, travelling through Craven Arms, Wistanstow, Dorrington and Condover is still running on a Saturday timetable but that will be reviewed daily. Stay indoors is the rule. But we are not in total lockdown and many people still need to get out to shop and go to the GP and pharmacy within the permitted…

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Ministers plan to consult on a pavement parking ban for England – that’s good news

Transport minister Grant Shapps has announced that he will consult on a pavement parking ban in the summer. That’s good news and it’s long overdue. Parking on pavements is mostly unnecessary. It happens because people who rarely walk on pavements, use disability scooters or have children in buggies prioritise smooth flow of traffic over the safety of pavement users. This selfish behaviour cannot continue. The government has stalled on this since 2015, when a Private Member’s Bill was withdrawn on the promise of action by the government. Nothing happened. On Thursday, Grant Shapps promised a consultation on banning parking on most pavements. That’s good news.

Ludlow Town Council to discuss bollards as a solution to market area parking

Bad parking has long been an issue in the market area. When there is not a market on Market Square, cars squeeze between the stalls to avoid paying parking charges. They litter Events Square much of the time and create an ugly setting for the castle. Post Office Square, which is the bit between the market stalls and Harp Lane, is notorious for penalty tickets being slapped on parked vehicles. A scheme from Shropshire Council that aimed to end this was rejected by Ludlow Town Council. Now Councillors Ginger and Pote have come back with a completely different scheme. They want demountable bollards and chains around Events Square and Market Square.

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