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Shropshire Council gives little hope that Shrewsbury bus station will be retained when Smithfield is redeveloped

Shrewsbury’s bus station and the bus layover bus are the essential for the operation of bus services in and out of Ludlow. Fears that the bus station will be demolished were raised when Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council published the latest stage of the Big Town Plan. This suggested that the bus station would be replaced by housing and people coming into Shrewsbury by bus will change to a town bus at a park and ride site. Now there are suggestions that Shropshire Council is having a rethink but it only committing to a “facility” not a bus station. If a modal shift in the way that people travel in and out of Shrewsbury town centre is to be achieved, buses should be at the centre of the Big Town Plan. Bus transport should shape development, not be squeezed into the margins.

Shrewsbury’s Big Town Plan should aim to build a signature bus station and must not undermine rural bus services

For a while, our county town has been working on setting out a new future. Shopping centres have been purchased. And an ambition vision for the future of the town is currently out for consultation. Our county town needs a vision. But one that works for all the county, not just Shrewsbury. Rural bus operators I have spoken to are worried about the Big Town Plan. That plan thinks that Shrewsbury bus station, which must be one of the worst in the country, will be demolished. Rural buses will drop passengers off at the park and ride sites and passengers must wait for a bus into town. This is a policy doomed to fail. It will drive people from buses into cars, onto trains or not travelling at all. It is an anti-bus strategy. It would not even be on the agenda if Shropshire didn’t want to sell the bus station for housing. Money!

Shuttle bus to run between Ludlow and the Racecourse vaccination centre every 15 minutes from tomorrow

The Ludlow Racecourse Vaccination Centre begins work tomorrow. Many over 70s will have already received invitations. The first shuttle bus will leave the Eco Park at 7:45am. It will call at The Compasses on Corve Street at 7:50am. The bus will arrive at the Racecourse at 7:57am. The return journey to the Eco Park via Corve Street leaves three minutes later. This free shuttle will continue every 15 minutes both ways throughout the day with the last bus from the Racecourse departing at 20:14. The 701 service will run hourly from Ludlow Assembly Rooms and will visit areas of the town normally served by the 722.

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.

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