Reduction of Local Bus Service Subsidies

Reduction of Local Bus Service Subsidies

Financial Year 2019\20


Shropshire Council has today (Monday 25 March 2019) 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 eduction 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 letter.

Shrewsbury Park & Ride

To achieve the budget reduction of £50k set out in the Council’s 2019/20 financial strategy, the Council are proposing to undertake the following;
a) 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.
b) To increase the return fare for the service from its current level of £1.60 to £2.00.
c) 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 and can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk

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 NumberRoute DescriptionDays of OperationOperatorProposed Service Reduction
553Plox Green to Bishops CastleMon – SatMinsterley MotorsReduction from 5 Journeys per day to 2
101Bridgnorth Town serviceMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction in frequency to hourly from 30 minutes
113. 114.Telford – BridgnorthMon – FriArriva Midlands NorthCurrently a two hourly frequency Monday to Friday. little scope for amendment.
115. 116Telford – BridgnorthSaturdays OnlyArriva Midlands NorthWithdraw service. which provides the Saturday journeys for the above (113/114)
436Shrewsbury to BridgnorthMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury & not Bridgnorth
208Ellesmere Town ServiceTue & FriLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of the last journey of the day and one late morning Journey
738. 740Ludlow – KnightonMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthOne bus service with an already limited 2 hourly timetable. little scope for amendment.
301Market Drayton Town ServiceMon – SatBennetts TravelRevised timetable ? Service to commence at 0900 rather than 0700. operating at a 30 minute frequency. compared to the current 20 minutes.
297Bridgnorth ? KidderminsterMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRemove Saturday journeys – Currently a 2 hourly service with little scope for further amendment.
54Trefonen ? OswestrySchArriva Midlands North2 School journeys only transporting entitled pupils. little scope for amendment.
400. 402. 403. 404Oswestry Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRevised timetable with an hourly frequency across all Oswestry Town services.
405Oswestry Town ServiceSchArriva Midlands NorthWithdraw service – Currently one journey am and one journey pm. transporting non-entitled pupils to school.
449Oswestry ? WelshamptonMon – FriArriva Midlands NorthLimited timetable already exists which is subsidised by Shropshire Council ÿ- little scope for amendment
576Oswestry to ShrewsburyMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury only.
71AOswestry ? LlynclysMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesLimited timetable ÿ- no scope for amendment at this stage
2.3. 12Shrewsbury Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRevised Journey frequency
21Shrewsbury Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRevised Journey frequency
23Shrewsbury Town ServicesMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthCurtailment of service 23 at Belvidere. Monkmoor to be served by route 1
26Shrewsbury Town Centre to Meole VillageMon to SatArriva Midlands North Reduction in frequency to hourly from every 30 minutes.
8Telford. Broseley to BridgnorthMon to SatArriva Midlands North Removal of evening Journeys (1810 from Telford. 1915 from Bridgnorth & 2000 from Telford).
18Telford. Ironbridge. Broseley to Much WenlockMon to SatArriva Midlands North Currently a 2 hourly service with 7 journeys throughout the day. little scope for amendment.
37Meole School – Weeping CrossSchTanat Valley CoachesWithdraw service. currently one journey (pm) for non-entitled school children. ÿAm journey not subsidised by the Council
19Telford ? Ironbridge – ShrewsburyMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury and the respective peak journey return in the evening.
501Ellesmere to ShrewsburyMon – SatLakeside Coaches LtdReduction in subsidy agreed with operator. no change to timetable.
540Cardington – Shrewsbury via Acton BurnellM-F sch days.SatBoultons of ShropshireWithdraw Saturday Service.
524Rodington – ShrewsburyMon – FriArriva Midlands NorthRemoval of 0659 & 0720 journey due to low passenger usage.
544./546Lyth Hill. PulverbatchMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthWithdraw 544 service from Lyth Hill to Shrewsbury. very low passenger usage.
64Shrewsbury – Market DraytonMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthRemoval of 18:20 Journey from Shrewsbury to Market Drayton and the 19:12 journey from Market Drayton to Shrewsbury
558Shrewsbury – MontgomeryMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesReduction in subsidy agreed with operator. no change to timetable.
745Clun ValleyMon. Tue & SatShrewsbury Dial a RideWithdraw Saturday journeys.
201Wem Town ServiceMon. Tue. Thur & SatLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of 1145 &1400 Journeys on Tuesday or Saturday
205Whitchurch Town ServiceMon – SatLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of 4 Journeys per day. 0749. 1149. 1349 & 1749.
208Ellesmere town ServiceTues & FriLakeside Coaches LtdRemoval of late morning journey & last journey at 2pm
511Shrewsbury – Wem – WhitchurchMon – SatArriva Midlands NorthReduction from a 1 to 2 hourly service ÿÿPeak Journey in the morning will operate to Shrewsbury & not Whitchurch
74Llanfyllin to ShrewsburyMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesContracted by Powys – not included in proposals
79Llangynog to OswestryMon – SatTanat Valley CoachesContracted by Powys – not included in proposals
701Ludlow Town ServiceMon – SatMinsterley MotorsReduce journey frequency from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
292Ludlow. Cleobury Mortimer to KidderminsterMon to SatR&B TravelContracted by Worcestershire Council ? not included in proposals