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No backing for Ludlow park and ride improvements from Shropshire Council but promise to look into anti-social behaviour

“There are no current plans for Ludlow park and ride site or connecting bus services, although it is recognised that an overall movement strategy for the town needs to be considered as part of the wider developments recently approved in the town.” That was the statement from Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting at last Monday’s cabinet meeting. It was in response to a question from Shrewsbury councillor, David Vasmer, who at my request asked about Ludlow’s park and ride while pressing the leader on consultation about the proposed upgrading of Shrewsbury’s park and ride service. Although Peter Nutting said there are no plans for the park and ride site, he did promise to personally investigate the problems of anti-social behaviour. After the meeting though, he made it clear that he was not promising any action.

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.

Car park charges back in Ludlow from Tuesday but no plans to reinstate park and ride service

Without any consultation with councillors, Shropshire Council is to reintroduce car parking charges across the county on Tuesday 14 July. This could not be worse timed. Ludlow is beginning to recover from lockdown but it is a long haul ahead. Social distancing is a challenge everywhere but more so in a historic town with narrow streets and pleasantly ancient pubs, restaurants and cafes. Free parking in the Galdeford and Smithfield car parks should be part of Ludlow’s offer over the summer. We councillors have been told that officers are “looking at how Park and Ride may support more fully and proposals are in development.” But there is no timetable for this. Not even an indication that the council is thinking about Ludlow’s park and ride service, which is unusable at present. There should be no additional car park charges this summer and certainly none until the park and ride is fully functional.

Ludlow’s broken park and ride site is an embarrassment to our town – it’s time it was fixed

The parking surface is rubbish and unsafe. The bus shelter is a mess. Disabled parking bay signs have been knocked over. Almost every morning sees litter strewn everywhere. Nitrous Oxide canisters, condoms, booze tins. Young racers spin their cars around and perform handbrake turns. This is Ludlow’s park and ride site. A major gateway to our town. The Eco Park site has been neglected by its owner, Shropshire Council, for more than a decade. Councillors have been complaining about the state of the facility for years but Shropshire Council’s answer is always, “We’ll sort it out when we can”. We are calling time on Shropshire Council. We are telling it to get the park and ride fixed. Get it fixed now. Today, myself, Vivienne Parry, Tracey Huffer and Richard Huffer are launching a consultation on the state of the park and ride site, and on what we see the priorities for improvement. We want to hear your views.

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