Ludlow bus fare rise is not fair – but typical of the secretive way Shropshire Council works

Tomorrow, 21 September, the fares on the 722 bus service in Ludlow will be hiked upwards by up to 25%. This sudden price leap astounds and angers me.

Have fuel costs gone up by 25% in the last year? The cost of fuel is down. On 31 March 2014, diesel was 136p a litre. A year later it was 119p. Currently it is lower.

Are drivers’ wages being raised? No, they are being cut by the operator.

Have passengers fallen? Not that I can see and I use the 722 most days.

Has the Shropshire Council subsidy been cut? The projected costs of subsidising the service this financial year is £85,175 against £91,271 last year. Continue reading “Ludlow bus fare rise is not fair – but typical of the secretive way Shropshire Council works”

Shropshire transport leader questions award of new Kidderminster to Ludlow bus contract to Diamond

Earlier in the week, I reported that the Diamond Bus Company had been awarded a new contract to run the 2L bus service between Kidderminster and Ludlow. I said:

Not everyone will be happy with the decision to allow Diamond to retain the contract. Several people have complained to me about unreliability and breakdowns.

It turns out that Simon Jones, the Shropshire Council portfolio holder for transport is not happy either. Answering a question from Councillor Madge Shineton at yesterday’s council meeting, he said Shropshire Council would certainly not have renewed Diamond’s contract. He held out hope that the contract might be terminated if services don’t improve.

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Diamond Bus get renewed contract to run Ludlow to Kidderminster service

Diamond have been awarded a new contract to continue running the 2L service between Ludlow and Kidderminster.

It is good news that the service is continuing. This is a vital service for people who live on Clee Hill to get into Ludlow for shopping, hospital appointments and education. Many people use the 2L to go shopping in Kidderminster. Others, including myself, use the service to head out to go walking or to return with tired legs from a walk.

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Diamond Bus get renewed contract to run Ludlow to Kidderminster service

Diamond have been awarded a new contract to continue running the 2L service between Ludlow and Kidderminster.

It is good news that the service is continuing. This is a vital service for people who live on Clee Hill to get into Ludlow for shopping, hospital appointments and education. Many people use the 2L to go shopping in Kidderminster. Others, including myself, use the service to head out to go walking or to return with tired legs from a walk.

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Minsterley Motors keep Ludlow town bus contract – hurrah!

Shropshire Council has agreed to renew Minsterley Motors’ contract to run Ludlow’s town services – the 701 and the 722 (which serves the park and ride). This is seriously good news and I know that the decision will be popular with bus users.

We’ve had more than our fair share of bus troubles in Ludlow. There was a time when buses had no disabled or buggy access and broke down with depressing regularity. After R&B withdrew from running the services, Minsterley stepped in at short notice. The quality of service was a revelation with new, low floor buses and friendly bus drivers.

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