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Shrewsbury’s park and ride service to be free for two weeks

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Shrewsbury’s park and ride service will be free use for two weeks from this Saturday (29 February 2020) to encourage people to visit the town centre and support the town’s businesses in the aftermath of this month’s devastating floods.

Shropshire Council made the announcement today as the flood water starts to recede and town centre roads start to re-open.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“To show our support for businesses in Shrewsbury town centre affected by this month’s floods, and to encourage people to visit the town, Shrewsbury’s park and ride service will be free to use for two weeks, from this Saturday, 29 February, up to and including Saturday 14 March.

“We’ve seen all too clearly the impact that the flooding has had on the town’s businesses. Many have been flooded – some of them twice in two weeks – and all have suffered from the fact that the town centre was all but cut off to traffic and visitors.

“As the water levels fall and the town starts to get back to normal, we want people to start coming back into the centre, showing their support for the town and spending money in the shops, cafes, pubs and other businesses.

“It’s especially important to do this as two of our main town centre car parks – Frankwell and St Julian’s – have been closed due to the flooding and will need to be thoroughly checked, cleaned and repaired before they can re-open.

“We really hope people will take advantage of this offer and that the town centre will soon be thriving again.

“Of course, we haven’t forgotten our other towns affected by flooding and hope to make further announcements soon.”

The free park and ride service will operate from all three park and ride sites – Meole Brace, Harlescott and Oxon.

For information about the park and ride service visit the Shropshire Council website.