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Rural bus companies call on Shropshire Council cabinet to retain Shrewsbury Bus Station in new plans

Plans for Shrewsbury town centre are up for discussion tomorrow, 8 March at Shropshire Council’s cabinet meeting. Shropshire Council wants to sell the bus station and the bus layover car park as housing land. There is vague talk in the Big Town Plan (BTP) about another location for a bus station but no location is proposed. Rural bus companies have now written to Shropshire Council saying that current plans to end inter-urban and rural buses at the park and ride sites, with a transfer onto local buses for the journey into the town centre, is not feasible. The plan will lead to a drop in passenger numbers and some services being withdrawn. There is no doubt that the town centre down from Pride Hill to the River Severn needs regeneration but it is far from clear that the plans from Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council are the right approach or achievable. The council wants to sell the bus station site off for housing and bank the cash to help pay for other projects. Several projects planned for Shrewsbury such as the new Civic Centre on pride Hill and the North West Relief Road look underfunded, no matter what current…

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If there was any doubt before, there is none now. The Conservatives can’t be trusted with the NHS, at least not in Shropshire. After one of the most bizarre presentations I have heard in 40-odd years of turning out to committees, yesterday the Conservatives on Shropshire Council voted to wreck a perfectly sensible motion calling on the council to stand up for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The motion from Councillor Alan Moseley read: “Given that the Future Fit programme has reached a critical stage in determining policy and strategy for the future of NHS Services in Shropshire, Shropshire Council strongly believes that the retention and development of full A&E services and facilities at the RSH is essential. Furthermore the Council commits itself to pursuing this objective in every way possible and generally ensuring that there is no reduction in the overall levels of service and quality at RSH which are freely available for residents of Shropshire and neighbouring areas.” It’s a simple motion that asks the council to lobby for emergency and other health provision in Shrewsbury, rather let everything drift to Telford. But the Conservatives really couldn’t stomach such a public commitment to supporting the Royal Shrewsbury.

Ludlow councillors are asking Arriva Wales to reschedule the first morning train from the town to connect with the new Shrewsbury to London direct service. At present, the 6.11am from Ludlow arrives in Shrewsbury at 6.43am. The new train service is expected to leave Shrewsbury four minutes earlier at 6.39am. Councillors Andy Boddington, Vivienne Parry, Richard Huffer and Tracey Huffer have written to Ian Bullock, Managing Director of Arriva Wales to ask that the first train from Ludlow is brought forward by ten minutes to connect with the new service. Speaking on behalf of the councillors, Tracey Huffer said: “Its great news that Shrewsbury will have a direct service to London again. Now we need to link this up with Ludlow, as well as Craven Arms and Church Stretton. That means we need the first train from Ludlow, which comes up from Cardiff, to run around ten minutes earlier.” “The last direct service from Shrewsbury to London suffered from lack of passenger numbers. It wasn’t possible to catch the early morning service from Ludlow without driving to Shrewsbury. I am sure the new service will get a lot more passengers if it has connecting services from the south.” “How frequently…

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