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Petition calls for return of bus service between Telford and Market Drayton

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A petition has been launched to re-instate a bus service between rural communities and one of Shropshire's hospitals.

The 341/342 route between Telford and Market Drayton was cut at the start of August after Telford & Wrekin Council withdrew its funding for the service.

But people living in villages around the north Shropshire town say it was vital for visiting the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

More than 25 people have signed a petition to get the bus service re-introduced, saying they use the service to get to hospital appointments, work, supermarkets and train stations.

Carol Mead, from Stoke on Tern, backed the petition. She said: "Many people who live here don't drive and are considering moving because of this, as they will be isolated and will find it difficult to get shopping home without a minimum of a two-mile walk to catch buses on other routes."

The petition comes following an announcement in May, that the council would be withdrawing its funding for the 341/342 route.

Telford & Wrekin Council is to cut its funding of bus services by nearly £1 million over the next five years after awarding the contract to run bus routes in the borough to Arriva. The council will only pay £2 million over the term, a cut of 30 per cent.

North Salop Wheelers has been operating a pre-booked service along the former 341/342 route. To book a seat call (01948) 880037.

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