A BUS for people to hop on and off around Stafford town centre could be driven forward when major new developments are built in the town.
Stafford Borough Council bosses are looking at a range of potential schemes to prevent the town being brought to a standstill.
A park and ride system is also being considered in a bid to get shoppers to park their cars outside the centre.
New developments, including a major new shopping and leisure area at Riverside and the Morrisons supermarket planned for Kingsmead, are likely to result in an influx of traffic to the town, which is often clogged with cars already.
Concerns have been raised by councillors and the public that something needs to be done.
And one solution could be a bus travelling around the perimeter of the town centre for shoppers to jump on and off. It is hoped the measure would help to cut traffic around the ring road, as well as helping residents move around the town freely.
Borough councillor Ann Edgeller told a joint parking committee meeting on Tuesday: “I don’t know why we can’t have a bus going around the circle of town so people can park in one place and jump on and off.
"I have been saying it for a long time.”
Borough councillor Frances Beatty, cabinet member for planning and regen- eration, said: “It is a good idea and one of the things we are certainly considering for the Jubilee weekend.
"It is something to look at in the future.
“We are also looking at the potential for a park and ride. We would need probably five or six plots of land to make it work.
“With the new development coming into Stafford it is important to look at parking. We have also got to get people in and out of the town first.”