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New variable message signs set to benefit Shrewsbury motorists

Related topics: Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

One of the new variable messages signs on the English Bridge gyratory.

A number of electronic information signs will soon be in operation at key locations around Shrewsbury, to give passing motorists real-time information about traffic management, road safety and more – in the form of full-colour LED messages

The 12 variable message signs (VMS) will be used to inform drivers of delays, roadworks and incidents on the road network, warn of possible congestion related to events or festivals, advise visitors which car parks to use – or avoid – and warn drivers about road closures due to flooding or other emergencies.

Other important public messages will also be displayed, when appropriate.

The signs will be located at specific locations, including: A49 south towards Battlefield roundabout; A53 southwest towards Battlefield roundabout; A51125 towards Heathgates Roundabout; A5112 south Bage Way towards Reabrook Roundabout; A5 west towards Preston Island roundabout; A458 north towards A5; A49 north towards Meole Brace roundabout; A458 east towards Churncote Roundabout; A5 south towards Churncote Roundabout; B4380 east Shelton Road; A5191 South Castle Foregate; and A458 English Bridge Gyratory.

The signs are being currently being installed and are set to be in operation from the autumn once testing and commissioning has been completed. The signs on the National Highways (formerly Highways England) network may take longer to come online due to finalising arrangements for power supplies, which are limited in those areas.

The VMS signs have been provided as part of the £12m externally-funded Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP), which has also seen improvements to key roundabouts and junctions in Shrewsbury, and improvements to roads, pavements, signage cycling infrastructure and street furniture in the town centre.

Steve Charmley, Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:

“The introduction of these signs is great news for road users in and around Shrewsbury. They’ll be able to see and receive real-time updates during their journey about congestion, roadworks or road closures, plus useful information about which car parks to use, events taking place in the town, and other important messages.

“This will help people decide what routes to take or avoid, optimise the use of parking spaces in the town centre, ease congestion and support movement around the town.”

For more info about the SITP go to www.shropshire.gov.uk/SITP