New express service saves commuters money

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Councillor Richard Overton with one of two Travel Telford-liveried Alexander Enviro200MMCs. TELFORD & WREKIN COUNCIL

Telford & Wrekin Council launched its new route 100 ‘Express’ bus service launched in Telford in late December 2022, which is operated by Chaserider and aimed at saving people money and helping them get to work. Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport, Councillor Richard Overton said: “This new service is wholly subsidised by the council to help people get to work cheaply and quickly. We’re confident it’s a positive addition and shows people we are clearly on their side during this difficult time.”

Local resident Mathew Smith said he previously used a taxi to get to work, which cost £22 per day, but by catching the 100 he expects to save more than £100 a week in travel costs. He said: “It’s really good, nice and quick. I’ll be using it every day without a doubt. A hundred pounds a week is a lot of money which will make a huge difference to my outgoings.”

The new service has been designed to suit local shift patterns and enable people to get to work on time in a cost effective and reliable way. The first morning departure is at 0450hrs seven days a week and the service runs throughout the day until 2300hrs. It will link areas in South Telford with major local industrial estates, Wellington and the Princess Royal Hospital. It will also provide direct transport for pupils to the local Telford Priory School but does not serve the town centre.

This service is the first of four new council-funded routes due to launch imminently.