Month: January 2014

The current service provided by R&B Travel will end on Saturday 25 January. At the very last minute, Shropshire Council has announced a limited replacement bus service from next Monday. Our bus timetable leaflet. This temporary service will be operated by Minsterley Motors. It will be a low floor bus but it will run just once an hour, not every half hour as at present. The Lib Dem team in Ludlow has been pressing Shropshire Council for a solution to the bus crisis in Ludlow for weeks. Only at the last moment has it taken action. Next week, we will be pushing for a return to half-hourly services in Ludlow. We also need a decent service for the park and ride otherwise our tourists will be driven away. Do the bus services meet your needs? Please let us know.

Shropshire Council has at last taken action over the Ludlow bus crisis. The good news is that there will now be a bus service from Monday 27 January. It will also be a low floor bus operated by Minsterley Motors, an excellent operator. The bad news is that I am horrified that the prediction I made just days ago has come true. The new service will run once an hour. This is temporary service. But too often temporary arrangements become permanent. Timetables for the new service. Claire Wild, the Conservative Shropshire councillor responsible for this mess, has said that a tender for a new service will be issued shortly. This tender should have been issued before Christmas. In a press release today, Wild says: “The most important thing is that there will be no disruption in service and that the local people still have a bus to use. I’m proud of the way our team at the Council have worked to ensure that this is the case – especially to be ready at such short notice.” We are grateful that we will have continuing services. But short notice? The current bus operator R&B gave legal notice of cancelling the 722…

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The crisis over Ludlow’s buses is growing daily. I have spoken to Alan Radnor, owner of R&B buses this morning. He runs the current town bus services, the 701 and 722. He confirmed that, as reported in the press, the last town services will run on Saturday and has given the required formal notice of termination. The Transport Commissioners have also confirmed to the Shropshire Star that he has given the legal period of notice. What happens next? I rang Shropshire Council and was told that it is “not able to get involved” until the bus service stops running. After that, it will try to sort out a replacement service and that might take a week. This differs from the assurances in the Shropshire Star by Claire Wilde, the Conservative cabinet member in charge of buses, who says the council is prepared to “step in at short notice” to solve the problem. Short notice? The Traffic Commissioners have confirmed that they have received the legal 56 days’ notice that bus operators have to give to cancel a service. That’s two months in which Shropshire Council has been sitting on its hands while elderly residents of Ludlow worry that they might…

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