It is no thanks to Shropshire Council and huge thanks to the energetic team at Bus Users Shropshire for getting a better service between Ludlow and Leominster from May. The 492 service to Hereford was withdrawn by Herefordshire Council in September 2014 as part of bus service cutbacks. The replacement 490 from Leominster only ran into Ludlow on school day morning and evenings to carry college students. Otherwise it terminated shy of the Shropshire county boundary at Orleton. This has disadvantaged a lot of people. Many Ludlowians, especially the elderly, used the service regularly to shop in Hereford. Ludlow college students found it valuable to travel in and out of town at lunch time when they were on half days. The service was particularly important for residents living in villages south of Ludlow, including Orleton and Richard’s Castle. For residents of these villages, the 492 provided transport to Ludlow’s GP surgeries, hospital and market. Since the 492 service was cancelled, many of villagers have had to pay £10 each way just to visit the GP.