Transport boss defends ‘aspiration’ to get rid of Shrewsbury bus station


Councilor Steve Davenport, a member of the Shropshire Council cabinet for highways, has been criticized by members of the Green Party for suggesting that the town would not need a bus station if a colorful bus route system was put in place.They accused the Shropshire Council of not engaging with bus users over the possibility of getting rid of Raven Meadows station as part of the big city plan, and said the site was essential.

But Councilor Davenport insists leaving passengers with fewer options is “the exact opposite” of what he would like to see, and believes his vision, including colorful bus routes, more electric buses and integrated parking and commuting services, could enable a greener and better service. for the public.

He said: “I want us to have a greener service. I want us to have electric buses.

“I don’t want a diesel bus going into town. My opinion is that we should have three bus stations outside of town and have parking and bus services using electric buses to go into town.

“We have to do something better than what has been done before. The whole idea of ​​North West Relief Road and the Park & ​​Ride expansion is to provide better service and keep traffic out of the city center.

“I haven’t written everything down on paper, but we aspire to greener urban journeys. ”

Councilor Davenport’s comments came after Green Party member Professor John Whitelegg, editor-in-chief of the journal World Transport Policy and Practice, said: “Removing a bus station is against best transport practice. audiences in the UK, Europe and the world.

“This deprives bus users of a convenient interchange between buses and will make any intervention to deal with climate change by changing car journeys to bus much more difficult. ”

Green Councilor Julian Dean added, “We have to see leadership and imagination. A large transport hub close to shops could be a good downtown alternative to out of town shopping. Imagine a great bus station, a supermarket, a view of the river, and an elevator to Pride Hill. “


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