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Work to start at Shrewsbury’s English Bridge gyratory on Monday – video and information

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Improvement work is to begin at the English Bridge gyratory and Coleham Head in Shrewsbury on Monday (31 July 2017).

The work is being carried out as part of Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP).

In this video, Matt Johnson, strategic highways and contracts manager with Shropshire Council, explains what work is to be carried out, and why.


This diagram (follow link) shows a detailed plan of the work to be carried out.

Road closures

There will be no full, round-the-clock, road closures while work is carried out, but there will be isolated short-term closures on Old Potts Way (one way), Old Abbey Foregate and Old Coleham. See this leaflet for more information.

There will be a full night-time closure of the gyratory, including English Bridge, Abbey Foregate and the Coleham Head junction for resurfacing from 8pm to 6am for a two-week period at the end of the programme (mid to end October).

Further information about these closures will be announced shortly.

Regular updates about the progress of the work will also be added to the Shropshire Council website at shropshire.gov.uk/sitp .

Letters about the work have been delivered to local residents and businesses, and meetings have been held with businesses located on Abbey Foregate.

Leaflets giving information about the work are available from Abbey Foregate Post Office and The Abbey church.

Further information

What is the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package?

The Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) aims to stop drivers using the town centre as a through route, and to make better use of the town’s outer and inner ring roads instead.

At the same time, a number of improvements are planned for the town centre to make it more attractive and appealing for pedestrians, and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the town centre and find their way around.

The SITP has been designed to improve access to the town, make it a safer and more appealing place to visit or do business, whilst also reducing pollution levels.

Drawn up by experts from Shropshire Council and its consultant WSP, with the support of Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Vision, the plans have been approved by the Department for Transport. The plans aim to ensure the infrastructure of our county is fit for purpose and will remain fit for purpose for the foreseeable future and beyond.

What work is taking place?

The SITP work falls into two main categories:

(1) Key junction improvements – February 2017 to October 2017

Work is/was scheduled to take place at the following locations, on the dates stated:

  • Meole Brace roundabout – from 10 February to 30 May 2017
  • Sutton Park roundabout – from 10 April to 7 May 2017
  • Reabrook roundabout – from 8 May to 28 July 2017
  • English Bridge Gyratory (inc Coleham Head) – from 31 July to end of October 2017

The programme is subject to change due to acceleration of works or unforeseen events. Please continue to look at the Shropshire Council website for up-to-date details.

The programme as a whole has been agreed to take into account the major events that are taking place, or took place, in Shrewsbury during the spring and summer.

(2) Town centre improvements – beginning in January 2018

Who is paying for the work?

The project will be delivered thanks to Government funding secured by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of an £80m Growth Deal to support infrastructure and broadband schemes in the region.

The work will cost £12m – with £6m coming from the Marches LEP, and £6m from developer contributions under the community infrastructure levy (CIL) and section 106 payments.

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