Free bus travel initiative on Saturday town service to be provided by Oswestry Town Council in further trial

Following Oswestry Town Council discussions at full Council on the 18th of May, a free bus travel initiative on the Saturday Town Service will be available free of charge from 4th of June and will be provided by local business and operator Tanat Valley Buses.

The proposal as it stands is to offer free bus travel on the 400 (Aston Way- Llys Road), 402 (Balmoral Crescent – Windsor) ,403 (Hampton Road Circular) and the 404 (Vyrnwy Drive to Old Fort Road) town centre services in Oswestry each Saturday running from 4th of June 2022 and will be reviewed early next year.

The commencement of the free bus travel initiative ties in with Jubilee weekend and a busy events calendar forthcoming in the town across the summer months including Charity Market, Oswestry Community Games, Festival in the Park, Wellness Event, Oswestry Food Festival and Oswestry Balloon Carnival to name a few.

Alongside this the Council is looking to discuss the possibility of reconfiguring the existing provision to meet local need and demand and seeking discussion with Shropshire Council in relation to this. This would look at where people are needing to get to, for every-day activities between the town and community facilities and key infrastructure.

The Mayor of Oswestry Jay Moore said: “It is hoped that residents will use the bus service to reach local activity in the town, whether for picking up shopping supplies or supporting our local events taking place. The approach aims to encourage residents to use local transport infrastructure and reduce car travel into and around the town”.