Councillor Tony Neville, the mayor of Whitchurch, has welcomed the news the town’s bus service will have a provider for the next five years.
Lakeside Coaches, which is based in nearby Ellesmere, was given the contract by Shropshire Council last week and will start its service on September 4.
Cllr Neville believes the announcement will bring peace of mind to residents in and around Whitchurch who rely on the service – and hopes people continue to use it.
“It’s great to have that stability – and that people in Whitchurch have something that is definite,” said Cllr Neville.
“The council has had people coming to us asking about the future of the bus service in our town so for us to be able to tell them this news is great.
“This is news that will hopefully allay any fears that people won’t be able to get around town.
“But not only will they be able to get around, they will do so in a brand-new purpose-built bus from a company
that has a proven reputation for providing an excellent service.
“As always, I call on our residents to keep on using the services that are on offer in Whitchurch so they continue to be irreplaceable.
“I wish Lakeside all the best in providing an excellent service for our town.”
The service is designed to link all the residential areas in Whitchurch as well as Sir John Talbot’s school.
It will run for six days a week but not on bank holidays.
Lakeside will mark its new service by buying a brand-new bus, which will be unveiled and dedicated by Cllr Neville when the service begins at the start of next month.
Neal Hall, director at Lakeside, said the company was delighted to have the chance to run this vital service for the town.
He added: “We are very pleased to have gained this important route, and to have the opportunity to give continuity and good service like we do on the 501 Ellesmere to Shrewsbury link – and on those town circular routes which we operate for the councils in Wem and Ellesmere.”