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Bridgnorth High Street to close to traffic for Saturday market

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Bridgnorth High Street will be closed to traffic on Saturdays to allow social distancing during market trading hours.

From this Saturday (25 July 2020), the High Street in Bridgnorth will be closed to traffic (apart from emergency vehicles) between its junctions with Whitburn Street and Listley Street from 5am until 3pm. This measure has been put in place to allow visitors to the town the chance to shop in a safe, socially-distanced manner. The decision was taken following concerns about the lack of social distancing in the most congested areas on market days.

Steve Brown, Interim Assistant Director of Infrastructure and Communities said:

We envisage this closure taking place on Saturdays for no more than three to four weeks while the necessary arrangements are made to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines and allow for safe shopping and trading in Bridgnorth. There are no plans to make this a permanent feature, however it is a necessary response to the current COVID-19 advice from Public Health England and the Government.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

Whilst we do appreciate that this necessary closure will inconvenience some residents, shoppers and businesses, our priority must be the safety of the public. Shropshire Council highways and public protection staff will be on site on Saturday and will of course do what they can to minimise disruption whilst ensuring that the market is laid out in a way that allows safe access to the market stalls and surrounding residential and business premises. We appreciate the cooperation of members of the public, market traders and other businesses during this time.

The ‘No Entry’ at the junction of High Street and Cartway is to be suspended during this closure.

Advanced notification signs will placed in the town from Thursday 23 July 2020.

To report any issues or for further information, please contact Shropshire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006 or contact us online here.