Shropshire Council

Reduction of Local Bus Service Subsidies - Financial Year 2019/20

  • Period: 25 March 2019 - 06 May 2019
  • Status: Open
  • Audiences: Everyone
  • Topics: Transport
  • Type: Public

Shropshire Council has launched a six-week consultation into proposed reductions to its public transport budget, which would see a reduction in the number and frequency of bus services subsidised by the Council.

The Council’s financial strategy for 2019/20 includes a budget reduction of £405,000 in public transport and £50,000 for Shrewsbury Park & Ride. To achieve these reductions a number of initiatives will have to be implemented and this consultation asks for views about these proposed changes.

The details of these proposals are provided below:

Public Transport - Those services financially supported by the Council.

To help identify the £405k budget reduction we requested that all our bus operators providing Local Bus Services on behalf of the Council, provide details of the level of service that they could provide on each of these services with a reduction in funding.

In the majority of cases this will represent a reduced timetable on each of the services the Council supports, details of how this will impact individual services is shown in the table at the bottom of this webpage.

Shrewsbury Park & Ride

To achieve the budget reduction of £50k set out in the Council’s 2019/20 financial strategy, we are proposing to undertake the following;

  1. To remove the concessionary fare discount that allows passengers on presentation of their concessionary card to travel for a 50% discount, this discount is currently provided at the Councils discretion.
  2. To increase the return fare for the service from its current level of £1.60 to £2.00.
  3. To remove the Group ticket from Park & Ride which allows for up to 5 passengers to travel for the price of £2.50.

The consultation runs from 25 March to 6 May 2019. Any responses to this consultation should be emailed to passtrans@shropshire.gov.uk or in writing to:

Public Transport Consultation
Passenger Transport Services
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
SY2 6ND

All responses to the consultation will be included in a report that will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Service Number

Route Description

Days of Operation

Operator

Proposed Service Reduction

553

Plox Green to Bishops Castle

Mon - Sat

Minsterley Motors

Reduction from 5 Journeys per day to 2

101

Bridgnorth Town service

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Reduction in frequency to hourly from 30 minutes

113, 114,

Telford - Bridgnorth

Mon - Fri

Arriva Midlands North

Currently a two hourly frequency Monday to Friday, little scope for amendment.

115, 116

Telford - Bridgnorth

Saturdays Only

Arriva Midlands North

Withdraw service, which provides the Saturday journeys for the above (113/114)

436

Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Reduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service   Peak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury & not Bridgnorth

208

Ellesmere Town Service

Tue & Fri

Lakeside Coaches Ltd

Removal of the last journey of the day and one late morning Journey

738, 740

Ludlow - Knighton

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

One bus service with an already limited 2 hourly timetable, little scope for amendment.

301

Market Drayton Town Service

Mon - Sat

Bennetts Travel

Revised timetable – Service to commence at 0900 rather than 0700, operating at a 30 minute frequency, compared to the current 20 minutes.

297

Bridgnorth – Kidderminster

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Remove Saturday journeys - Currently a 2 hourly service with little scope for further amendment.

54

Trefonen – Oswestry

Sch

Arriva Midlands North

2 School journeys only transporting entitled pupils, little scope for amendment.

400, 402, 403, 404

Oswestry Town Services

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Revised timetable with an hourly frequency across all Oswestry Town services.

405

Oswestry Town Service

Sch

Arriva Midlands North

Withdraw service - Currently one journey am and one journey pm, transporting non-entitled pupils to school.

449

Oswestry – Welshampton

Mon - Fri

Arriva Midlands North

Limited timetable already exists which is subsidised by Shropshire Council  - little scope for amendment

576

Oswestry to Shrewsbury

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Reduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service   Peak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury only.

71A

Oswestry – Llynclys

Mon - Sat

Tanat Valley Coaches

Limited timetable  - no scope for amendment at this stage

2,3, 12

Shrewsbury Town Services

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Revised Journey frequency

21

Shrewsbury Town Services

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Revised Journey frequency

23

Shrewsbury Town Services

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Curtailment of service 23 at Belvidere, Monkmoor to be served by route 1

26

Shrewsbury Town Centre to Meole Village

Mon to Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Reduction in frequency to hourly from every 30 minutes.

8

Telford, Broseley to Bridgnorth

Mon to Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Removal of evening Journeys (1810 from Telford, 1915 from Bridgnorth & 2000 from Telford).

18

Telford, Ironbridge, Broseley to Much Wenlock

Mon to Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Currently a 2 hourly service with 7 journeys throughout the day, little scope for amendment.

37

Meole School - Weeping Cross

Sch

Tanat Valley Coaches

Withdraw service, currently one journey (pm) for non-entitled school children.  Am journey not subsidised by the Council

19

Telford – Ironbridge - Shrewsbury

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Reduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service. Peak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury and the respective peak journey return in the evening.

501

Ellesmere to Shrewsbury

Mon - Sat

Lakeside Coaches Ltd

Reduction in subsidy agreed with operator, no change to timetable.

540

Cardington - Shrewsbury via Acton Burnell

M-F sch days,Sat

Boultons of Shropshire

Withdraw Saturday Service.

524

Rodington - Shrewsbury

Mon - Fri

Arriva Midlands North

Removal of 0659 & 0720 journey due to low passenger usage.

544,/546

Lyth Hill, Pulverbatch

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Withdraw 544 service from Lyth Hill to Shrewsbury, very low passenger usage.

64

Shrewsbury - Market Drayton

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Removal of 18:20 Journey from Shrewsbury to Market Drayton and the 19:12 journey from Market Drayton to Shrewsbury

558

Shrewsbury - Montgomery

Mon - Sat

Tanat Valley Coaches

Reduction in subsidy agreed with operator, no change to timetable.

745

Clun Valley

Mon, Tue & Sat

Shrewsbury Dial a Ride

Withdraw Saturday journeys.

 

201

Wem Town Service

Mon, Tue, Thur & Sat

Lakeside Coaches Ltd

Removal of 1145 &1400 Journeys on Tuesday or Saturday

205

Whitchurch Town Service

Mon - Sat

Lakeside Coaches Ltd

Removal of 4 Journeys per day, 0749, 1149, 1349 & 1749.

208

Ellesmere town Service

Tues & Fri

Lakeside Coaches Ltd

Removal of late morning journey & last journey at 2pm

511

Shrewsbury - Wem - Whitchurch

Mon - Sat

Arriva Midlands North

Reduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service   Peak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury & not Whitchurch

74

Llanfyllin to Shrewsbury

Mon - Sat

Tanat Valley Coaches

Contracted by Powys - not included in proposals

79

Llangynog to Oswestry

Mon - Sat

Tanat Valley Coaches

Contracted by Powys - not included in proposals

701

Ludlow Town Service

Mon - Sat

Minsterley Motors

Reduce journey frequency from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

292

Ludlow, Cleobury Mortimer to Kidderminster

Mon to Sat

R&B Travel

Contracted by Worcestershire Council – not included in proposals

 

25 March 2019

 

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Any responses to this consultation should be emailed to passtrans@shropshire.gov.uk or in writing to:

Public Transport Consultation
Passenger Transport Services
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
SY2 6ND

All responses to the consultation will be included in a report that will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 22 May 2019.

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