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Claremont Bank in Shrewsbury to close for emergency gas works

Related topics: Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

Claremont Bank in Shrewsbury will be closed to traffic from 9am tomorrow (Thursday 19 December 2019) following the discovery of a serious gas leak.

The road closure and diversion plan can be seen here – Claremont Bank – Road Closure.

Due to limited road width at the location the work to stop the leak requires an urgent/emergency road closure of Claremont Bank and Town Walls – with through traffic being temporarily diverted along Wyle Cop, High Street, Shoplatch and Barker Street.

Access to properties, businesses and Shropshire Council car parks will be maintained and available. A ‘hard closure’ will be in place at the St John’s Hill junction with access provided to properties and businesses.

Work is being carried out this afternoon (Wednesday) to pinpoint the precise location of the leak. The road remains open while this work is underway, and it will remain open for this evening’s Carols in the Square event.

The road will close at approximately 9am on Thursday to allow repair work to be carried out.

A Shropshire Council inspector will attend the site mid-morning and late afternoon tomorrow – and again on Friday if necessary – to confirm that the leak has been stopped and ensure that backfill of the road surface is carried out in a timely manner and that the road is only closed for as long as necessary.

The actual duration of the closure cannot be confirmed at this stage but Shrewsbury will be open for business as usual while this emergency situation is being dealt with.

To help manage the closure, traffic management operatives will positioned at the junction of Town Walls/Wyle Cop and also at the junction with Williams Way between 7am and 7pm.