SHREWSBURY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB ENCOURAGES SUPPORTERS WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO WALK, CYCLE OR USE THE TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS ORGANISED BY THE CLUB.
The Football Club works closely with the Liaison Group and Shropshire Council to produce an Annual Travel Plan that assists spectators to get to the Stadium as easily and effectively as possible. Last Season saw a further reduction in passenger numbers using the Town Centre Service and Park and Ride Services to the extent that the Football Club have reached the situation where it is experiencing unsustainable losses in conveying spectators by bus on match days. To minimise these financial losses, a number of changes have had to be made to the services provided.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PARK AND RIDE SERVICES
Harlescott Park and Ride Site will only be served by a Park and Ride Service for high profile games. Full details will be announced on the Club's web site in advance of these games. The site can still be used for spectator parking for those supporters who have pre-booked their seats on the North Shropshire Supporters' Bus which will now pick up at the site. Spectators intending to use the service must book their seats in advance. North Shropshire patrons please note that the bus will now pick up 5 minutes earlier from each pick-up point. (For more information see paragraph 'Coach Services from Outlying Areas - North Shropshire').
The Town Centre Service will pick up at The Shirehall. As well as Saturday matches the service has been reinstated mid-week and the frequency of journeys has been increased (see paragraph 'Express Bus Service' for more details). The dedicated and extra Park and Ride Service from The Shirehall will only be used for high profile games. Full details will be announced on the Club's web site in advance of these games. The site can still be used for spectator parking for all matches.
Fares for adults and children under 16 will remain unchanged.
Express Bus Service Town Centre/Shirehall All STFC 1st Team Matches
A bus service will run three journeys from the town's bus station to and from the stadium for Saturday and two journeys for mid-week matches. The service will pick up at The Shirehall Car Park. The time tables are as follows:
18:00 18.15 18.30 18.40 19.00 19.15
The return service will leave the stadium from behind the South Stand ten minutes after the end of the match.
From Shrewsbury Town Centre, proceed to the English Bridge and at the first set of traffic lights, turn right into Coleham Head. Continue on the main road which is Belle Vue Road and Hereford Road, until you reach the BP Garage on your left, which is close to Meole Brace Roundabout.
From Meole Brace Roundabout or Old Potts Way supporters have a choice of either using the footpaths on either side of Oteley Road or the public right of way from the underpass at the back of Meole Brace Retail Park which gives access to the stadium at the rear of the west stand.
From the Sutton area use the footpath to the traffic signal controlled access road to the stadium.
Cycle racks are provided at each corner of the stadium. A guide to cycle routes produced by Shropshire County Council is available from the Club's offices and Council outlets. Further information is also available atwww.shropshire.gov.uk/cycling.nsf. A further link -www.transportdirect.info - will assist cyclists to find a cycle route to the Stadium direct from their chosen starting point in Shrewsbury.
Cycling is one of the most convenient ways of getting to and from the stadium. We would encourage you to use a bicycle and at the same time to keep in trim!
Parking spaces are available on site for motor cycles. Motor cyclists may also use the Park and Ride and Park and Walk facilities highlighted elsewhere in this Plan.
PARK AND RIDE SITES
There are three park and ride sites situated at The Shirehall (Abbey Foregate); The Shirehall Overflow Car Park, and Harlescott Park and Ride Site.
Dedicated Park and Ride buses will only operate from The Shirehall and Harlescott Park and Ride Site for high profile games. For details please refer to the Club's web site.
Parking at these sites is FREE. Adults will be charged £3.00 from the town centre and £2.50 from The Shirehall for the return journey. Children (under 16 - ID may be requested) accompanied by an adult will be charged £1.00. IF YOU LIVE NEAR A PARK AND RIDE SITE YOU CAN TRAVEL ON ONE OF THESE BUSES TO THE STADIUM WHEN THEY ARE IN SERVICE AT THE SAME COST.
Please be mindful of people living near the park and ride sites and please take home your litter.
If a particular car park is full please seek alternative parking at one of the sites listed below.
A. The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate (2.7 miles from stadium)
Entrance to this site off Abbey Foregate only. From the A5 (East and Westbound); A49 (south) and all other main routes into Shrewsbury take the A5064 along London Road to the Column roundabout. Take the third exit from the roundabout and the first turning right into the Shirehall car park.
B. The Shirehall Overflow Car Park, London Road (2.7 miles from stadium)
Follow directions to London Road as above. Before you reach the roundabout the car park is on your right-hand side. Proceed to The Shirehall main car park for the bus.
C. Harlescott Park and Ride Site, Harlescott, Shrewsbury
Follow the signs 'Harlescott Park and Ride'.
PARK AND WALK
D. Sutton Grange Nursery, Oteley Road
Parking on this site is organised by the Club and is available to PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY. Vehicles will be required to turn left on leaving the site. Applications for permits can be made to the Football Club.
E. The Brooklands Hotel
Parking fee is £5 per vehicle to be handed to the car park stewards for which a car park ticket will be given and must be displayed in a prominent position in the vehicle. Vehicles will be required to turn left on leaving the site.
F. Pritchard's Garage, Hereford Road
Parking fee is £5.00 per vehicle to be handed to the car park steward.
SERVICE BUSES FROM SHREWSBURY AND AREAS OF THE TOWN - operated by Arriva. Timetable information from Traveline 0871 200 22 33 or www.arrivabus.co.uk orwww.traveline.org.uk.
• Service 24, 25 from Brixton Way, Harlescott via the bus station and Meole Brace (Moneybrook Way). Every 15 minutes. Return journey from top of Moneybrook Way. Service 25 only serves Moneybrook Way from 18.39 onwards but stops on Hereford Road (near Sainsburys). Service 24 departs from Stand E at the bus station and Service 25 departs from Stand F.
• Service 26 runs from the bus station to Meole Village stopping at Meole Crescent. Runs every 30 minutes.
• Service 20 from Shrewsbury Bus Station via Monkmoor and Old Potts Way to Reabrook. Runs every 30 minutes.
• Service 544/546 from Shrewsbury Bus Station to Lyth Hill stopping at BP Garage and Sainsbury's. Hourly service.
The railway station is two miles from the stadium. On leaving the railway station proceed to the bus station (300 yards) to travel on the Express Bus Service or Arriva operated services.
TRAVEL BY TAXI
A taxi drop off area is provided at the Stadium.
ACCESS BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Dedicated parking bays are available for registered disabled supporters. Season Ticket parking permits for persons with a disability are available on application to the Football Club. Applicants must be 'Blue Badge Holders' to qualify for a parking bay.
The Club is restricted to 670 parking spaces at the stadium and this means that there are limited spaces available to fans. Parking is strictly controlled by permits and if you do not have a permit then please do not try to park at the ground.
PROHIBITED PARKING AREAS:
OTELEY ROAD (It is illegal to park on grass verges)
SUTTON ROAD AND SUTTON ESTATE
(Sutton Road and all side roads are within a controlled parking zone on match days. Only residents with permits are allowed to park on the roads. At all times on match days parking is prohibited. Supporters who ignore the Order will be given parking fines.)
MEOLE BRACE ESTATE
MEOLE VILLAGE (Residents parking only in these areas.)
MEOLE BRACE RETAIL PARK
All of the areas concerned are regularly patrolled on match days by parking enforcement officers.
• PLEASE HELP TO PROTECT THE REPUTATION OF THE FOOTBALL CLUB BY NOT PARKING IN THESE AREAS
A drop-off/pick up point on the stadium car park is available for spectators. Please do not arrange to be dropped off or picked up on Oteley Road. Otherwise you are creating a danger to yourself, other road users and pedestrians.
This Travel Plan has been published to assist supporters in planning their match visit to the Stadium.
All timings are provided in good faith but may be subject to variance, including due to operational circumstances, traffic conditions, enforced route changes and other factors outside of the Club's control.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PEDESTRIANS, CYCLISTS AND ALL BUSES AND COACHES WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY OVER CARS WHEN LEAVING THE STADIUM.
The Football Club have worked closely with the Liaison Group and Shropshire Council to produce a comprehensive travel plan for the stadium.
The Club is restricted to 670 parking places at the stadium and this means that there are no spaces available for fans without a permit to park at the stadium. Parking is strictly controlled by permits and if you do not have a permit then please don't try to park at the ground.
The Travel Plan outlines the different options for parking such as the Park & Ride buses, the Park & Walk sites as well as other express buses from town.