16/03/2021 - Permalink

Network Rail to ‘pigeon proof’ several Shrewsbury bridges

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Network Rail is ‘pigeon proofing’ a number of bridges in Shrewsbury as part of a seven-week plan to help improve the town centre.

The work on Castle Foregate Railway Bridge and the surrounding bridges will provide a safer and more hygienic environment for people in the town, as pigeon droppings can damage structures and can cause a slippery surface that can lead to slips, trips and falls.

On the Castle Foregate bridge Shropshire Council and Network Rail – the bridge owners – have agreed a joint solution to the problem, which will see special netting installed under the bridge, above the pavement. The bridge will also be cleaned.

The project continues until the end of April 2021, with work taking place overnight to minimise disruption to road users.

Daniel Brookfield, asset engineer at Network Rail, said:

“Working alongside Shropshire Council, we are looking to resolve the long-standing issue of pigeon mess under the bridges at Castle Foregate and the surrounding area.

“This work will make a real difference for local residents and visitors to Shrewsbury, as well as protecting our historic railway bridges for future generations.”

Tim Pritchard, Shrewsbury programme manager with Shropshire Council, said:

“We’re all too aware of the problems caused by pigeon droppings on the pavement under the railway bridge and we know it has long been a cause of concern for visitors to the town centre.

“Over the years a number of measures have been taken to try and prevent pigeons from roosting under the bridge, though with limited success. Now, working with Network Rail, we’re confident that we’ve found a solution that will put an end to this problem – which I know will be welcomed by many people.”

Network Rail teams are aware that work will be happening close to people’s homes and will minimise disruption as much as possible.

All necessary precautions will be taken to keep the community safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus, by working within current Government guidelines.

Further information

A more detailed outline and timescale of the road closures and work can be seen from the map and table below:


Map RefDatesTime
Yellow – Red Lion Bridge (Private Road)Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 March10pm to 6am
Red – Great Western Bridge (Private Road)Wednesday 10 to Wednesday 17 March10pm to 6pm
Green – Castle Foregate Street (Lane closure)Wednesday 17 March to Friday 2 April10pm to 6am
Blue – Cross Street (Road closure)Monday 19 to Friday 23 April10pm to 6am