Speedy bus service takes in new area of Telford and Wrekin – Woodside.

An express bus service will soon extend its route, following requests from residents in Telford and Wrekin from Monday, October 2.

Speedy bus service takes in new area of Telford and Wrekin – Woodside.

The Express 100, a council-run service launched in January, will now pick up passengers along the full length of Woodside Avenue as well as from Abraham Darby School. 

It will then connect with other pick-up points throughout Madeley, Sutton Hill and Brookside – adding just one minute to the overall route. 

The route has already carried more than 34,000 passengers and boats an express service, taking passengers from Woodside to Horton Wood in 27 minutes for a £2 single adult fare or £1 per child aged under 19. The council continues to collect feedback over the service which can be submitted by answering the question in this survey.

Cabinet Member for place, the economy & neighbourhood services), Councillor Lee Carter said: “It’s essential the residents of Telford and Wrekin have access to an affordable bus service that gets people to work, school as well as the hospital and out and about to visit friends and family. 

“We know they are a lifeline and continue to lobby government for more support. 

“Not everyone has the luxury of a car, and we know buses are a lifeline which is why we are pushing for more control and support.

“We are proud of the Express 100 and look forward to welcoming residents on board from October, it’s a great example of how we’ve listened to residents to deliver what they need.” 

The service continues through the business estates of Halesfield, Stafford Park and Horton Wood and on to Wellington. It operates seven days a week, every day of the year (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) from as early as 4.50am through to 11pm.

It also provides a school service for pupils at Telford Priory School. 

The council has invested £1.4m into new bus routes and continues to lobby government for support and while recent government funding was welcomed, it continues to be well below required levels. Some £650,938 was awarded to the council through the governments BSIP+. 

There have been two rounds of funding with Telford and Wrekin Council receiving £650,938 from around £1 Billion.

Although the council is not legally allowed to run a public bus service, it can step in and subsidise routes that commercial operators are unable to cover. 

Seven new services have been operating since January, carrying nearly 10,000 passenger trips in June - over 25% of total patronage across the bus network.

Fares on the council’s buses are capped at a maximum of £2 per single journey for adults (£1 for under 16’s). The £2 capped fare is also operating on Arriva services until October 31 2023 through government funding.

To buy travel passes, visit the website.

Concessions still apply to all the council services and other costs for tickets include:

•£4 Adult day tickets, £2 Child day tickets (under 19’s)

•Weekly tickets for seven days cost £15 adults/£7.50 child 

•Season tickets (28 days) £50 adult/£27.50 child

•Annual costs £500 adult and £275 for under 19s

Full details of the new Express 100 will soon be made available, visit the website here. The council continues to collect feedback which can be submitted here. 

Ref: PR12354