22/04/2020 - Permalink

Consultation begins into 50mph speed limit on A529

Related topics: Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

A formal consultation is underway into a permanent 50mph speed limit on the A529 between Market Drayton and Adderley, as part of work to improve safety on the road. The speed limit is currently 60mph (national speed limit).

The consultation starts today (22 April) and ends on 13 May. It can be found on the Shropshire Council website.

Work to improve safety on the road is to begin on Monday 4 May 2020 and last for six weeks. It is the second major stage of work to improve safety on the A529 between Hinstock and Audlem following the award of £3.9m from the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund in 2018..

Following informal consultation with parish councils and local councillors, the speed limit proposals have now been put out for formal consultation.

The 50mph proposal is to highlight the nature of the road and to support the safety countermeasures which are possible within the highway boundary and funded by the successful Safer Roads Fund bid.

Map showing the stretch of the A529 on which work is set to be carried out.

The stretch of the A529 on which work is set to be carried out.

The forthcoming safety work will include resurfacing the carriageway including kerbing, and all associated drainage, ironworks and road markings. Additional signing will be provided and existing signs will be renewed.

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

“The award of this money from the DfT is enabling us to carry out essential and much-needed safety work on this dangerous stretch of road. I’m delighted that this next stage of work is now set to begin. We’ll make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum, and thank people for their understanding and patience while this important work is carried out.

“I’d like to assure people that Government coronavirus guidelines will be followed by our contractors, and additional measures will be put in place to ensure the health and safety of all site personnel and the public.”

Also out for formal consultation is the proposal for a 40mph limit on the A53 including the Adderley Road Roundabout, to accommodate the proposed Aldi superstore access and associated carriageway alterations. This was part of the planning application for the superstore.