Some Shrewsbury town centre roads to close for Jubilee bank holidays
Parts of Shrewsbury town centre will close to traffic over the Jubilee weekend, as the current weekend closures are extended to include the bank holidays on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June.
Since 20 November 2021, Wyle Cop (uphill), High Street and Shoplatch have been closed to through-traffic from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays to help reduce traffic in the town centre at weekends.
Now those closures will be in place for the four days of the Jubilee weekend – 2 to 5 June – to encourage people to visit the town and enjoy what promises to be a celebratory atmosphere.
Richard Marshall, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for highways, said
“The weekend closure has been well received by all with shoppers, visitors and businesses telling us how welcome it is. We’ve also seen for ourselves what a positive difference it makes to the town centre at weekends and I’m very pleased that we can extend it to cover to include the two Jubilee bank holidays.
“Shrewsbury continues to do well as we emerge from the pandemic, and we hope this extended closure will encourage people to visit, support and enjoy the town over the Jubilee weekend.”
Emma Molyneux from Shrewsbury BID said:
“We are hoping for a lovely celebratory atmosphere in Shrewsbury over the special bank holiday weekend. Lots of businesses are getting involved with jubilee-themed window displays and events, and will be creating a relaxation and picnic space in the Square and St Alkmund’s Churchyard with live musicians performing over the weekend to add to the atmosphere.”
Alan Mosley, Leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, said:
“I’m delighted that the street closures have been extended and I’m sure that the move will encourage many people to come into the town and stay longer.
“The partial pedestrianisation of the Wyle Cop, High Street, Shoplatch, etc. has been a success story and been very well received by residents, visitors and businesses alike. it is without doubt a major contributor the our post-pandemic recovery. I hope we can learn from the experience when developing traffic management schemes in future.”
All Shrewsbury town centre car parks will remain fully accessible at all times during the closure, with free parking available on Sundays and bank holidays in Abbey Foregate and Frankwell.
Disabled parking remains available at all times on Castle Street, St Mary’s Street, Dogpole, Roushill and Beeches Lane – and in the five additional disabled parking bays introduced 24/7 as part of the trial closure – three in Princess Street and two in Claremont Street.
During the closures through-traffic should avoid using Town Walls and instead use the inner bypass via Old Potts Way to reach their destination, helping to protect this historic part of the town.
For details of Arriva bus services operating in Shrewsbury over the bank holiday weekend, click here.
More information, including a map and a ‘question and answer’ section, can be found at www.shrewsburymoves.com.
The current weekend closures are to remain in place until at least October 2022.
In addition The Square is closed to traffic every day from 10am to 4pm.
A wider movement and public realm strategy is now being produced, on behalf of the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, which will carefully consider whether the trial should be adapted or remain on a more permanent basis
Feasibility work has begun on low traffic zone proposals for Town Walls.