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Living and Working in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin

The county of Shropshire, in the West Midlands of the country, is one of Britain’s most affluent counties. Its towns and villages often make it into the ‘most desirable’ lists to live.

The county's population and economy is centered on five towns: the county town of Shrewsbury, which is culturally and historically important and close to the center of the county; Telford, a new town in the east which was constructed around a number of older towns, most notably Wellington, Dawley and Madeley, which is today the most populous; and Oswestry in the northwest, Bridgnorth just to the south of Telford, and Ludlow in the south. The county has many market towns, including Whitchurch in the north, Newport northeast of Telford and Market Drayton in the northeast of the county.

The Ironbridge Gorge area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley. There are other historic industrial sites in the county, such as at Shrewsbury, Broseley, Snailbeach and Highley, as well as the Shropshire Union Canal.

With the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham within easy commuting distance, many people commute into Shropshire to work and Shropshire residents have ample employment options outside the county too.

Getting around and about Shropshire

Although Shropshire is rural, it is well connected to the rest of the country with excellent transport networks.

Train: Shropshire is linked by regular main line rail services:

  • Direct rail service between Shrewsbury and London Euston
  • The Cambrian Line Linking Mid-Wales to Shrewsbury
  • Chester, Wrexham and Shrewsbury Line Calling at Chirk, Gobowen (near Oswestry) and Shrewsbury
  • Crewe and Shrewsbury Line. Calling at Whitchurch, Prees, Wem, Yorton and Shrewsbury
  • Marches Line: Calling at Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton and Shrewsbury
  • Heart of Wales line: Calling at Knighton, Bucknell, Hopton Heath, Broome and Craven Arms
  • Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton Line: Calling at Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal, Telford Central, Oakengates, Wellington, and Shrewsbury.

Car: Shropshire connects to the M6 and motorway network via the M54. The A49, A5, A53, A458 all make Shropshire easily accessible.

Air: Birmingham airport is about 40 minutes from the centre of the County. However, two of the fastest growing airports in Europe - Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport – are also within a reasonable travelling distance for Shropshire residents.

Further information can be found below:

Shropshire Tourism
Shropshire Council
Telford and Wrekin Council