The addition sees West Midlands Railway services calling at Wellington, Telford, Shifnal, Cosford and Wolverhampton hourly and operating during off-peak hours Monday to Saturday
Meanwhile, a new hourly Sunday service between Birmingham and Shrewsbury has been introduced, calling at all stations between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.
And at night, trains to Shrewsbury are set to continue to depart Birmingham until about 22:30 on weekdays and 23:00 on Saturdays.
"I can’t emphasise enough what fantastic news this is for Shrewsbury and the whole of Shropshire," said Shropshire Council's director of place, Mark Barrow.
A more frequent service plays into exactly what we are trying to do in Shropshire by showcasing what we have and supporting businesses. Shrewsbury has 6.2m people living within an hour and a half of it and we want more day visitors - this feeds into all of that."
Shrewsbury's CCTV system won't be switched off despite a funding cut, the council leader has promised.
Peter Nutting said his authority had been forced to reduce the amount it contributes to running costs, because of budget cuts, but he said he'd go to partner agencies like the emergency services to ask for bigger contributions.
Shropshire Council pays up to £200,000 a year to fund the CCTV cameras in the town, and Mr Nutting said "it will be saved, but we have to change the way it's funded".
West Midlands Ambulance Service says it's going to be relying less on motorbikes and response cars and more on traditional ambulances in the future.
Mark Docherty, its executive director of clinical commissioning, said: “We invested a lot in response cars, a lot of motorcycles and even bicycles. But what we found was that it was all well and good getting a paramedic there, but what do they then do with the patient?"
Mr Docherty said he also wanted more defibrillators "on every street corner", so that if someone suffered a cardiac arrest, they could get help quickly.
Staying dry in the West Midlands
There's no end in sight for the dry weather over the next 24 hours, with more forecast tonight and tomorrow - here's the full report for the West Midlands:
The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford have found £32m to spend on recruiting staff, improvements to buildings and new equipment.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) says the money has come from a combination of cutting waste, smarter spending and an increase in funding.
Earlier this month, a health watchdog said "further urgent action" had been taken against SaTH, which was already in special measures amid safety concerns over emergency and maternity services. The Care Quality Commission said it would be sharing details of its latest findings in a report.
SaTH says £15m of the £32m will be spent on 200 doctors, nurses and other clinical staff, along with £7m on improvements in radiology, including a new CT scanner.
The money is also set to be spent on new wards, maintaining existing buildings, and improving IT systems, according to the trust which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's The Princess Royal.
Meeting ambulance target in county 'would cost £45m'
Rail timetable changes are set to be introduced across the West Midlands from Sunday.
West Midlands Railway is bringing in a number of new services, including one extra train an hour between Shropshire and Birmingham on weekdays and Saturdays and more trains on Sundays, additional evening services from Worcester and Hereford to Birmingham and an extra evening service between Kidderminster and Worcester.
It is also adding more carriages to services between Coventry and London and new direct trains to destinations such as Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe.
While Shropshire councillors have voted in favour of declaring a "climate change emergency", there was a reluctance to set a firm date for becoming a carbon neutral authority and one councillor suggested the threat was exaggerated.
Councillor Ed Bird (below, left), the Conservative member for Shifnal South and Cosford, said: “Like many things I don’t think climate change is as bad as is being made out,” and he questioned whether it was really a priority for people in the county.
The Conservative leader of the council, Peter Nutting (above, left), also had concerns, saying: "We are making so much progress but what I do not want to do is put undue pressure and targets on us by setting dates that are even more ambitious than those suggested by scientists.”
But Julian Dean, leader of the Green Party group said, “If you are not frightened, you are not paying attention" and added, “there are opportunities now. If we get it right we can make a difference. We can do rapid transitions. We have to.”
About 100 climate change protesters gathered outside the council's Shirehall, to call on the authority to take action.
Shropshire Council has voted to declare a "climate emergency", in line with dozens of other local authorities around the country.
A Labour motion called for Shropshire Council to make a pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2030, but it was rejected in favour of a slightly watered-down version put forward by the Conservatives and amended by the Liberal Democrats.
It said the council should write to the government to ask it to "be ambitious in its plans for carbon reduction targets" and set a national aim of achieving this by 2030.
Earlier, the Conservative leader of the council Peter Nutting said work was being done, but he didn’t think the council should commit itself to the date of 2030.
Under-fire schools trust 'back on the right track'
The new chief executive of the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust says a recent Ofsted evaluation was "very disappointing", but he is in "absolutely no doubt" it is now moving in the right direction.
A letter from Ofsted particularly criticised the previous leadership of the trust, which runs 16 schools across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and says it "has not been successful enough in improving the quality of education
The trust was set up by the Diocese of Hereford and the Ofsted report was drawn up following a visit in March.
Andrew Teale says since he was appointed CEO in January "we have started a process to transform this multi-academy
trust and provide better support for our academies".
He added "I firmly believe that in many areas we are already on the
right track and that over the next few months the exciting and ambitious plans
we have for further change will ensure that the multi-academy trust will, once
again, becomes the strong school leadership body that it should always have
Schools trust has 'failed' head teachers
An education trust that runs 14 primary and two secondary schools in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire has been heavily criticised by inspectors.
Ofsted said the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust had been "set up with good moral intentions and a clear purpose of meeting
an educational need in the community" but had "failed".
It said the weakest schools and lowest achieving pupils had been particularly let down, with three of the trust’s schools judged to require special measures in the most recent inspections and one requiring improvement.
A summary of the report said where there were improvements - 11 schools in the trust were judged good or outstanding - it was often due to head teachers or governors, "rather than the contribution and effectiveness of the trust".
Pupils in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire deserve to have as good an education as those in other parts of the country. The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust was set up to do just that, but we have found that its good intentions have not brought about the change that is needed to improve pupils’ experience."
At a hearing at the Hindlip headquarters yesterday, Lawson was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour amounting to gross misconduct and was told she would have been sacked, had she not already resigned.
The West Mercia Head of Professional Standards, Supt Helena Bennett, said: "A serving police officer receiving a criminal conviction for assault brings discredit on the force and is completely unacceptable when we are responsible for protecting the public from harm."
National search for missing Wakefield teenager Nicole
Police officers are trying to find a missing 16-year-old girl who's been missing from Wakefield for five days.
Nicole Harris was last seen in the Quebec Street area of the city, but a national search has now started for her.
She is known to have links to various parts of the country including South Yorkshire, Shropshire, Humberside, Merseyside and North Wales, West Yorkshire Police said.
Nicole who is described as a "vulnerable teenager", is 5ft 3ins tall and has long brown hair and a burn scar on the side of her nose.
Row over health merger
Supporters of the move to merge Shropshire's two health commissioning bodies say they have been set a target of cutting running costs by 20%.
The leaders of the Clinical Commissioning Groups have now agreed to go ahead with the move and say it could cut more than £1m from their budgets, by reducing duplication of work.
But Telford and Wrekin Council's leader, Shaun Davies, has criticised the move, saying the two areas have very different health needs and he raised concerns that the people of Telford would have to support Shropshire's CCG, which reported a deficit of more than £28m at the end of the last financial year.
Both CCGs will now asked to submit a request to NHS England by 30 September, and the new organisation could be in place by 1 April 2020.