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Free car parking in Upton to give town a boost after floods

A military shuttle service had been running in Upton during the flooding as the bridge had to be closed Credit: ITV Central

Malvern Hills District council has announced there will be free temporary car parking in Upton-on-Severn over the next few weeks to help encourage shoppers back in to the town following the recent floods.

It says the scheme will apply to pay and display car parks only and will run until the 23rd March. During the flooding the town was practically cut-off by floodwater.

'Upton Express' will still operate for a couple of days

Residents in Upton upon Severn being take across floodwaters Credit: PA Pictures

Despite the announcement that military operations in the Worcestershire floods are being scaled down the shuttle truck that has been taken Upton upon Severn residents across flood waters will continue for a few days.

The service that has become known as the Upton Express will carry on until its safe to pass without assistance.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell said:

"The situation in Worcestershire is slowly improving and we are working hard towards preparing for the recovery phase. This means we no longer need the support of the Army."