The new 292 service hadn’t been easy to negotiate but we finally got a timetable. The new service began on Monday and reports from passengers had been favourable. It was all going well until Friday afternoon. The last bus back from Kidderminster to Ludlow was like nothing I had ever experienced. The bus was driven at high speed, overtaking everything on the Bewdley Bypass. At Cleobury Mortimer, it began to get very difficult. The driver was shouting that the service didn’t go to Ludlow. A row with passengers escalated but we did get to Ludlow 15 minutes early. There the driver capped off this extraordinary journey by shoving a woman in the back as she got off the bus. The passengers were not to blame for this situation.
Update 2 May 2018
Shropshire Council has joined community transport and bus user groups in writing to the Department for Transport to protest against proposed regulations that will make it more difficult to operate the scheme.
This has been a tortuous process. The new timetable is not quite finalised. But we know enough tonight to publish the details of the replacement service between Ludlow and Kidderminster that will begin next Monday, 16 April 2018. The 292 service will run seven trips each way on schooldays, maybe six trips out of term and on Saturdays – a few details need to be finalised. First bus out of Kidderminster will be 7.30am and the first from Ludlow at 8.30am. The run time will be shorter and will bypass the estate roads at the Kidderminster end. Hooray!
Updated at 14.30pm. I’ll be back in the morning with an update on the trains.
We had a couple of inches of extra snow in Ludlow overnight. Many side roads are still snowed up.
Main roads are looking good for careful drivers. Many side roads need to wait for the thaw which has begun.
Below are the updates on buses, trains and services in Ludlow.
Due to the closure of Upper Galdeford over the next couple of weeks and some buses will be diverted.
The 722 park and ride service will travel via Gravel Hill, Henley Road, the A49 bypass, Sheet Road, Weeping Cross and Old Street. The bus departing the town centre on the hour will call at Parys Road and Tollgate on the way back into town. The bus on the half-hour will serve the Rocks Green estate and the Steventon loop. The supermarkets will be served on the way out of town, not the way in.