Shropshire Star

MP urges Telford council to use new government funding to restore 'lifeline' bus routes

Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard has written to the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council urging him to use government funding to improve Telford's bus network.

MP Mark Pritchard has urged Telford & Wrekin Council to use new government funding to restore 'lifeline' bus routes

Conservative MP, Mark Pritchard, has written to Councillor Shaun Davies to ask him to use new funding from the Government to "reverse the Council's recent bus service cuts".

However, Councillor Davies says changes to subsidised routes announce in September were necessary and a "direct result of insufficient funding".

This year has seen changes to 15 services in the borough, with routes 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14A, 15, 16, 18 and 19 ceasing to operate, while the 1, 2, 3A, 4 and 7 began operating reduced services in the evening in September.

Telford & Wrekin Council said the cuts were due to a lack of government funding.

The introduction of a new route, 99, funded by the council, promised to cover some of the areas impacted by the loss, including Overdale, Oakengates, Hadley, Shawbirch, Wellington and Malinslee.

Earlier in the year, the council funded a series of six new bus services, the 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 and 105, covering some of the borough's rural communities and providing public transport options to Telford's industrial centres in Stafford Park, Halesfield and Hortonwood.