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Two-way cycling in Meadow Place, Shrewsbury

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Cyclists can now cycle both ways on Meadow Place in Shrewsbury, improving access into and out of the town centre.

New contra-flow markings and signing have been installed by Shropshire Council’s Cycle Shrewsbury team, meaning that people can use this route to cycle directly from Smithfield Road and Raven Meadows to Castle Gates.

The scheme forms part of the ‘Connect2’ project which aims to improve walking and cycling connections between the town centre, bus and railway stations and north Shrewsbury. It also links in with the recently introduced shared pavement / cycle track on the town side of Smithfield Road, between the Roushill crossing and
the bus station.

Martin Taylor-Smith, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for transport
and IT, said:

“This is a great scheme which will make it easier for cyclists to access the town centre. Contra-flow cycle lanes are common throughout European and UK cities but little used in Shropshire, so drivers are asked to take particular care when using Meadow Place, and look out for cyclists travelling in both directions. Drivers should already be aware that pedestrians use the road as there is no pavement on this small street.”

Consultation has just ended on the introduction of further contra-flow cycle lanes in Shrewsbury, and over 40 local people gave their views.

Proposals for other pedestrian and cycle improvements on Raven Meadows and Roushill are currently being consulted on. More information is available online at www.cycleshrewsbury.co.uk