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New Church Stretton Shuttle Service starts this Saturday

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A free Shuttle Bus Service around Church Stretton and into Carding Mill Valley has been set up to help the town manage the volume of visitors arriving by car.

The ‘park and ride’ service starts this Saturday 11th July and will run every weekend through July and August. This will include the August Bank Holiday and Fridays as demand requires. It will link the main car parks in the town to Carding Mill Valley and shuttle visitors to and from the temporary carpark just outside town towards All Stretton.

Passengers must wear face coverings and comply with the 1m distancing rule on public transport.  Masks will be available onboard for a minimum donation of 50p/mask.  The bus, operated by local coach company Boulton’s, will be sanitised regularly and deep cleaned at the end/start of each day.

Bob Welch, Mayor of Church Stretton explained “We have set this temporary Shuttle service up to help address the acute parking pressure that Church Stretton is currently experiencing due to social distancing measures in Carding Mill Valley.  It will help to reduce overcrowding and inappropriate parking through the town.”

The service will start at 10am and operate a 30-minute timetable through the day until 4.30pm.  Starting at the temporary car park, the bus will head to Carding Mill Valley and then do a circuit of the town stopping on Beaumont Street and outside the Co-op.

This new service has been set up by the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Church Stretton Town Council and National Trust, with grant support from Shropshire Council.

For more details please visit www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk

Covering 23% of the county, the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) extends from the Wrekin to the Clun Forest and from the Stiperstones to the Clee Hills.  It is a diverse and tranquil area, with rugged hills, rolling pastoral fields, woods and meadows, picturesque villages and historic buildings, hillforts and ancient monuments.

The Shropshire Hills is one of 46 AONBs in the UK.  This designation is recognition of the national value of the area’s landscape, and brings duties on local authorities to conserve and enhance its natural beauty.  The management of the AONB is guided by a statutory Management Plan produced by the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership.