05/07/2019 - Permalink

Replacement of kerbs and paving on Shrewsbury’s High Street set to begin

Related topics: Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

Shropshire Council is set to begin a major facelift of the kerbs and paving on High Street and at the bottom of Pride Hill in Shrewsbury next week (w/c 8 July 2019). The work will also see the road resurfaced and is being carried out as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) which aims to improve key junctions and enhance the town centre.

The work will begin following the completion of gas main replacement work at Mardol Head and will see the current road closure – and the popular ‘pocket park’ on Shoplatch – remain in place for an estimated further five weeks.

The current diversion routes will remain in place during this time, with additional signage and a greater number of ‘gatemen’ on site to assist and advise road users around access and appropriate through routes.

Work will be carried out by McPhillips, Shropshire Council’s contractor.

The pocket park in Shoplatch, Shrewsbury

The pocket park in Shoplatch, Shrewsbury

During the work High Street will remain closed to through traffic, meaning inbound Wyle Cop, High Street and Shoplatch will be free from traffic.

Drivers who would normally travel through the Shoplatch route are advised to follow the signed alternative route from Abbey Foregate and Coleham Gyratory via Old Potts Way and the inner ring road.

Access will continue to be maintained for businesses, residents and emergency vehicles and all car parks are available. Businesses remain open as usual in Shoplatch, Mardol Head and throughout the town centre.

Follow this link for a map of the road closures and diversion routes.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Alongside the upgrading of Pride Hill and the work from Town Walls to Claremont Bank, this work is key to improving the public and urban realm for Shrewsbury. We thank people for their understanding while all of this important work is carried out – they will see a significant and notable improvement to the town centre once the work is complete.”

There will be changes to the Park & Ride (P&R) and some town centre bus services during the works.

  • Harlescott P&R service will not serve stops at High Street, Shoplatch, Barker Street and Chester Street.
  • Oxon P&R will not serve stops at High Street, Shoplatch, Barker Street and Frankwell (return).
  • Meole Brace P&R will not serve stops at High Street and Shoplatch.

Other buses serving the town centre will follow the official diversions and collect/drop off passengers within the town centre where they can.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package, go to www.shropshire.gov.uk/sitp.

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