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Ludlow town buses return to normal on Monday 17 August 2020 including park and ride services

From Monday, both the 701 and 722 will run half hourly as they did before the coronavirus lockdown. This includes a half hourly 722 service to and from the park and ride at Ludlow Eco Park. This will give a welcome boost to the town centre retail economy. It will help promote Ludlow’s post-lockdown recovery theme of Love Ludlow – shop local, eat local. Buses are safe and sanitised regularly. Face masks must be worn. The usual fares apply, including the restriction on using concessionary passes before 9.30am. Fares apply to all passengers from the park and ride – return tickets are at a discount and a further discount is given to concessionary card holders. Ludlow’s public toilets at open at Castle Street car park, Smithfield and Linney Park. Enjoy Ludlow. Stay safe.

Good news for Ludlow with increased bus services and park and ride on Friday and Saturdays during August

From Friday 7 August, Minsterley Motors will be running more frequent bus services across Ludlow. Town services had been reduced to a single bus running hourly during lockdown. Now as lockdown eases, more people are going out to shop. Visitors are coming to Ludlow. Ludlow’s 722 park and ride service from the Eco Park will be running every half an hour on Fridays and Saturdays during August. The first bus from the Eco Park will be 8.15am. The last bus from the town centre will leave The Compasses at 5pm. On Fridays and Saturdays also, the 701 town service serving the north of the town will run half hourly between 8.15am and 5pm.

More Ludlow town buses run from today – we are asking you to lobby for a return to full service

It’s getting desperate on the buses. At the beginning of lockdown, the Ludlow town bus service was cut from 30 trips a day to six. The 701 and 722 services were combined. The park and ride service shuddered to a halt. The bus still served the Eco Park but there were no park and ride customers. Why would anyone want to use a service that was at best hourly and had a three hour gap over lunch. There is no park and ride service in the country that is so badly served. From today, Monday, there will be two extra runs on the single town bus route, at 11am and 4pm. That gives eight buses a day with a two hour gap at lunchtime. This is inadequate. It means the park and ride will still be unusable for visitors to our town. The low frequency still won’t serve the needs of residents. But I fear this will be the future of Ludlow bus services while Shropshire Council sees our town’s bus services as a cost not a public benefit. We are asking you to lobby Shropshire Council’s portfolio holder for transport, Steve Davenport, to get normal services reinstated. You can…

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A new bus shelter for Ludlow – where should it go asks Ludlow Town Council

The bus shelter on Corve Street, at the stop known as the Compasses, has proved a great success. On wet and windy days, people welcome some respite from the weather while they wait for the bus to Shrewsbury or the town service. The shelter was funded by the town council. Recently, it agreed to install a new bus shelter every year. But where should the next bus stop go? The town council is now consulting on the best location for the next bus shelter. Deadline 26 June. Email your thoughts to kate.adams@ludlow.gov.uk.

Ludlow to Shrewsbury bus services resume on Monday – Bishop’s Castle to Shrewsbury services also #coronavirus

We need bus services serving towns and villages to ensure that people can get to work, the shops and medical services. services between towns in the south of the county have been affected, like everything else, by the Covid-19 lockdown. The Diamond Ludlow to Kidderminster 292 service runs a Saturday service all week, as does the Lugg Valley service to Leominster. From Monday, the 435 Minsterley service between Ludlow and Shrewsbury and the 535 between Bishop’s Castle and Shrewsbury will be reinstated. Both will run on Saturday timetables. The maximum capacity will be 50% of seating to allow social distancing. Passengers will be asked to sit in every other seat. Buses are regularly cleaned.  

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