Wrexham Town Centre Shopping Bus Launches Next Week
Wrexham’s new town centre bus service will start to ferry the town’s shoppers from next Monday.
The scheme, which is being piloted until December, will leave every half hour from Wrexham General Train Station travelling via King Street Bus Station, Hope Street, High Street, Eagles Meadow, Market Street, Queens Square and return via the bus station to the railway station.
Ticket fares will be 70p single or an all day fare of £1.00 on the “Siopa 101 Shoppa” and all usual concessions will apply. The service will operate between 09.15 and 14.45 Monday – Friday and 09.15 – 15.15 on Saturdays.
It will stop at all normal bus stops and will operate as a hail and ride service in the pedestrianised areas of town where its speed will be restricted to 5 mph.
Wrexham Council decided to launch the service in order to boost trade following discussions with local business owners.
However, business owners claim that works carried out on Wrexham’s High Street in recent weeks to allow the bus to pass through have had a negative effect on their takings.
Cllr David Bithell, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said: “The introduction of this pilot bus service Siopa 101 Shoppa is in direct response requests to bring buses back to the High Street. We have also provided free car parking in two of our car parks from 12 noon and hope people take advantage of this new service and free parking to see more of what Wrexham has to offer to shoppers.”
Cllr Ron Davies, Council Leader, said: “I welcome the introduction of this service and hope it is successful and that visitors and shoppers are encouraged into the town centre rather than just visiting one shopping area.”
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