Category: public transport

  • Ironbridge – strategic sites consultation

    Under its Local Plan Review, Shropshire Council is working on development plans for the period up to 2036. In Much Wenlock it seems that an additional 150 homes during that period is accepted as reasonable by many residents, although there has been considerable concern about the proposed site for 80 houses off Bridgnorth Road, which…

  • Bus service reprieve

    Back in April I wrote about bus route subsidy cuts that Shropshire Council was proposing. I was concerned that Benthall and Broseley Wood might lose the late 8 and that the 436 through Much Wenlock might become an endangered species. The consultation said “we requested that all our bus operators ……. provide details of the level of…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – masterplan consultation

    Harworth, the developers of the Ironbridge Power Station site held a stakeholders’ event this morning to look at the emerging masterplan for the site. The whole of the design team were said to be on site, including minerals specialist and highways consultants. Those attending included representatives from Shropshire Council’s economic development team, William Brookes School, Priorslee and…

  • Will Benthall and Broseley Wood lose the late 8?

    Shropshire Council is under enormous financial pressure. Central government funding disadvantages a large rural county like Shropshire, where the population is relatively low. This also means that council tax receipts are relatively low. And because Shropshire is a largely rural county, the cost of delivering services to each household is relatively high. The problem, outside…

  • 436 buses – an endangered species?

    Shropshire Council is under enormous financial pressure. Central government funding disadvantages a large rural county like Shropshire, where the population is relatively low. This also means that council tax receipts are relatively low. And because Shropshire is a largely rural county, the cost of delivering services to each household is relatively high. The problem, outside…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – public consultation

    I wrote a couple of weeks ago about early steps by the new owners, Harworth Group, to engage with the local community. With eight major projects in the north of England under their belts, they appear to be skilled not only in terms of demolition and remediation, but also in mixed development. I was pleased…

  • Community transport – you’ve only a short while to have your say

    Background Folk living in and near Much Wenlock will be familiar with the sight of the Friendly Bus and the Corvedale Buzzard. These minibus and car services are mostly dependent on volunteers to operate and meet the needs of the local communities they serve. Such community transport in Shropshire provides a key safety net, enabling those…

  • 436 bus service – good news for Much Wenlock? Bad news for bus drivers?

    In August, just five months ago, Shropshire Council put the 436 Shrewsbury-Bridgnorth route out to tender. The incumbent operators were Arriva, who had stepped in at short notice after independent operator GHA went bust. The successful tenderer was “The Skiers Lodge Ltd”, operating under the easyCoach brand. Whilst any operator is likely to encounter teething…