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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.

Bus Users Shropshire: Rejuvenating Ludlow’s Park and Ride Service 722

This is a guest post from Bus Users Shropshire (BUS). It proposes rejuvenating our town’s park and ride service. BUS says allowing more access for the car has been eroding the core attraction of Ludlow town centre for years, diminishing the appeal of walking around amid historic buildings and browsing in small shops. The group says there has been a lack of maintenance of the park and ride. Marketing of the service has lapsed. I might add with the proposed closure of King Street and High Street during the middle of the day at peak periods, the park and ride service will be even more important. We should grasp this opportunity to ensure we have the high quality park and ride service our town deserves as the lockdown eases and ends.

“We are furious that there is to be another cut to Ludlow’s bus service. We are just as angry that there has been no public consultation or a public announcement about the cuts.” That’s the view of Councillors Vivienne Parry and Andy Boddington after Shropshire Council sneaked out a new timetable for the town’s 722 service. From Tuesday 1 July, the bus service will be cut back from a half-hourly to an hourly service in many parts of the town. The new service will be run by Minsterley Motors, who took over the service last January. Vivienne Parry says: “We were shocked to see this new timetable. Services to Parys Road have been halved to one an hour. The same is true of Rocks Green. There is no mention of the 722 serving the popular bus stop on Tollgate Road. The new timings will make it hard for people to get to the doctors in the morning. They will face long waits for a bus back from town. In a town like this with many elderly and disabled people, we should be investing in our buses, not cutting them back.” Andy Boddington says: “The new timetable does little to improve…

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“We’re going all ’round the Wrekin,” she said to her husband. A few minutes later, she almost shouted: “We’re ’round the Wrekin again.” That’s not an unusual sentiment on Ludlow’s park and ride service. Take a bus from the park and ride at the Eco Park and it first takes you to Toll Gate Road. The bus then doubles back to go along Parys Road, before turning around and returning along the same stretch. It was at this point that the visitor made her first remark about going ’round the Wrekin. After Parys Road, the bus does a short loop around Greenacres before whizzing down Weeping Cross. At this point, passengers feel we are at last getting to town. But alas, the bus turns left to sweep around Steventon, before once again breezing down Weeping Cross. It was the sight of Countrywide for the second time that caused the lady to shout her second complaint. The couple had come from Wellington and were among around 20 people the 722 picked up at the park and ride. It’s a popular service, free to park and, for pensioners, free to ride. But so often, I hear passengers groaning about the tour around…

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